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Students Present Elevated Vision Of Fashion This April

Two Distinct Shows Push Boundaries of Fashion and Art

Posted 03.05.13 by mica communications

"Kisah Baru Lama: An Old New Story" by Emily Schubert ’13 (fiber) for "R.I.P. V.I.P." (Photo by Tania Garcia).

BALTIMORE—This April, the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) will push the boundaries of fashion and art with two distinct events, Ex Tempore, the 20th Annual Benefit Fashion Show, and R.I.P. V.I.P., an Experimental Fashion Event. These events allow students to showcase their abilities through the creation of inventive clothing inspiring thought and action, and also explore how fiber and textiles can be used as means of artistic expression and societal engagement. Both events feature original, purposeful designs, offering a fresh perspective and proving students are integral to fashion innovation.




 Ex Tempore: 20th Annual Benefit Fashion Show
Friday, April 12, 9 p.m. (MICA Community Show and Media Preview) and Saturday, April 13, 8 p.m. (General Public Show)
Brown Center: Falvey Hall, 1301 W. Mount Royal Ave.
Tickets: $15 Students; $20 General Public (MICA Community Show: $7 Students; $12 Faculty and Staff; $20 Guests), available at the MICA Store, 1200 W. Mount Royal Ave., and store.mica.edu; limited tickets will be sold at the door.

Ex Tempore showcases garments that link styles and trends across generations. As vintage fashions and ideas influence new and dynamic styles, clothing is reborn. By placing their creative mark on this moment, these designers are both redefining and influencing the wearable across time.

 After the show, audience members are invited to mix and mingle with the designers and view an exhibition of fashion pictorials of the students' designs captured by celebrity photographer Derek Blanks '00 (illustration).

Now in its 20th year, proceeds from the Annual Benefit Fashion Show continue to help support students involved in diversity programming and scholarly pursuits through the Office of Diversity & Intercultural Development, which sponsors the show. The event is one of many ways MICA provides comprehensive diversity programming to support the academic and social needs of all the College's students.


Designers: Roz Carlos, Christy Chong, Naomi Davidoff, Lizzy Farley, Karen Feliz, Michelle Kim and Christina Knebel, Demi King, Allina Liu, Jordan Matthews, Natovian McLeod and Ronesha Davis, Luis Rivas, and Cindy Stauffer and Miki Flores. Graphic Designers: JT Cobell, Andrew Copeland and Alena Jaffe.

R.I.P. V.I.P.: Experimental Fashion Event
Saturday, April 20, 6 p.m. and 9 p.m.
2640 (St. John's Church), 2640 Saint Paul St.
Tickets: $7, available at the MICA Store, 1200 W. Mount Royal Ave., and store.mica.edu; tickets go on sale Tuesday, April 2; limited tickets will be sold at the door

R.I.P. V.I.P.—or Rest In Peace Very Important Person—showcases designs by students striving to liberate the runway from its elite stigma, making fashion accessible to a broader audience. Participating artists each present their own unique visions, claiming fashionshould be recognized as a cultural phenomenon, not just a few voices speaking for an industry. As a student-driven event, R.I.P. V.I.P. demonstrates young artists are a crucial part of the discussion.

For the annual Experimental Fashion Event, artists and designers from the Fiber Department's Multi Media Event courses work collaboratively to transform 2640 (St. John's Church) into a venue for innovative fashion and costume design. During theevent, students present their individually crafted bodies of garment-based work, pushing the boundaries of fashion and art. The event represents a variety of concepts and skill sets, with work speaking to the performative nature of fashion and the overlapping of the runway, the stage and the theater of the streets. The evening will involve more than 150 people, including designers and their hand-selected models and performers. 

Designers: Jasmine Cindy, Meagan Jenigen and Kali Puder, Michelle Kim, Christina Knebel, Grace Kubilius, Allina Liu, Hayley Martell, Jordan Matthews, Taylor McMahon, Molly Mercer, Carrie Meushaw, Camille Pateau, Emily Schubert, Erin Sudeck, Miranda Taylor and Amber Whitehead. Graphic Designer: Harrison Kuykendall.

Image captions (top to bottom): Kisah Baru Lama: An Old New Story by Emily Schubert '13 (fiber) for R.I.P. V.I.P. (Photo by Tania Garcia); Spectral Suggestions by Luis Rivas '15 (fiber) for Ex Tempore. (Photo by Derek Blanks '00); THird Generation by Hayley Martell '13 (fiber) for R.I.P. V.I.P. (Image by Emma Albuquerque and Ted Schantz).

Founded in 1826, Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) is the oldest continuously degree-granting college of art and design in the nation. The College enrolls nearly 3,500 undergraduate, graduate and continuing studies students from 49 states and 52 countries in fine arts, design, electronic media, art education, liberal arts, and professional studies degree and non-credit programs. With art and design programs ranked in the top ten by U.S. News and World Report, MICA is pioneering interdisciplinary approaches to innovation, research, and community and social engagement. Alumni and programming reach around the globe, even as MICA remains a cultural cornerstone in the Baltimore/Washington region, hosting hundreds of exhibitions and events annually by students, faculty and other established artists.