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Students Showcase Creative Fashion Designs This April

Two Distinct Fashion Shows Feature Inventive and Thought-Provoking Art and Design

Posted 03.01.14 by MICA Communications

Samantha Bloom '14, "Intimacy: A Collaboration," for Experimental Fashion Event (photo by Diosi Smith '15).

BALTIMORE--This April, MICA will showcase inventive and thought-provoking designs in fashion during the XIX, An Experimental Fashion Event and UNMARKED, the 21st Annual Benefit Fashion Show. These events push the boundaries of fashion with a unique use of fiber and textiles, supplemented by additional media, which allow designers to craft imaginative, original and distinctive artistic creations.

XIX: An Experimental Fashion Event
Saturday, April 5, 6 p.m. and 8:30 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); limited tickets will be sold at the door for $10.

XIX is a multimedia collaboration derived from the diligence, talent and vision of an eclectic group of 19 artists and designers from the MICA Fiber Department's Multi Media Event class. Students share their thoughts, workspace and designs with each other, but ultimately, leave their individual, bold mark as creators on this fashion show.

The annual Experimental Fashion Event showcases a variety of concepts and skill sets through costumes, innovative contemporary fashion, puppetry, performance and the traditional runway. The evening includes more than 200 people, such as designers and their hand-selected models and performers.

Designers: Samantha Bloom '14 (fiber), Lola Borovyk '14 (interdisciplinary sculpture), Samantha Brodowski '14 (fiber), Alexandra Caivano '14 (fiber), Heyhee Choi '14 (fiber), Elise Collier '14 (fiber), Karen Feliz '14 (fiber), Hyla Frank '14 (fiber), Amadeus Guchhait '15 (general fine arts, humanistic studies), Izzy Lawlor '14 (fiber), Lucy Maher-Tatar '15 (interdisciplinary sculpture), Sarah Meeranje '14 (fiber), Joanna Para '14 (fiber), Catherine Reckelhoff '14 (art history, theory and criticism), Madie Shaver '14 (fiber), Eliza Vlasova '14 (fiber), Rachel Wheeler '14 (fiber) and Vivien Wise '14 (fiber). Graphic Designer: Sophie Moore '14 (graphic design).

UNMARKED: Annual Benefit Fashion Show
Friday, April 11, 9 p.m. (MICA Community Show) and Saturday, April 12, 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.

UNMARKED aims to capture the energy, excitement and ambition people can feel when opportunities seem limitless and when they are no longer bound by convention and rules. For the event, participating designers fabricate new, one-of-a-kind and uncontained identities through art and design. Students will explore non-traditional garments, fabrics, accessories and colors to construct creations that allow the audience to see who they truly are as designers.

Proceeds from the 21st Annual Benefit Fashion Show 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 continues to provide comprehensive diversity programming that supports the students' academic and social needs.

Designers: Lo Ashford '16 (fiber), Christy Chong '14 (general fine arts), Joshua Fetzer '16 (illustration), Evyn Fong '14 (fiber, illustration), Amadeus Guchhait '15 (general fine arts, humanistic studies), Savannah Johnston '14 (general fine arts), Albert Kim '13 (illustration), Stella Harry Lee '16 (fiber), Sarah Lo '16 (fiber), Jenna Macy '16 (interdisciplinary sculpture), Alejandro Robledo Mejia '16 (graphic design), Ursula Populoh '15 (fiber), Luis Rivas '15 (fiber), Erin Scott '16 (interdisciplinary sculpture), Molly Sydnor '15 (photography), Harry Trinh '16 (interactive arts) and Eliza Vlasova '14 (fiber). Graphic Designers: Nina Allen '14 (graphic design), Albert Kim '13 (illustration), Genevieve Lemoine '14 (graphic design) and Ebony Tyler '14 (graphic design).

Information on select fashion lines:
Baltimore resident and artist Samantha Bloom '14 (fiber) created Intimacy: A Collaboration for the Experimental Fashion Event. Her line delves into the concept of intimacy, such as the intentional and unwitting closeness and distance human beings create. "The collection is about experiencing the tension between being guarded and vulnerable," Bloom said. Accompanying her crafted garments will be local performance artists.

Amadeus Guchhait '15 (general fine arts, humanistic studies) is a Baltimore-based artist and Ellicott City native participating in the Experimental Fashion Event and the Annual Benefit Fashion Show. His designs in Gilded depict historical clothes and theatrical costumes, which parallel Western influences and interests, sexuality, race and the notion of progress. Specifically, Guchhait explores economic class and culture in fashion, such as Europeans' and Americans' adaption of traditional garments from non-Western cultures.

Hailing from San Diego, Calif., Luis Rivas' '15 (fiber) collection, HexenHammer, for the Annual Benefit Fashion Show includes Grecian draping, structured tailoring and bias-cuts, which is a technique of cutting diagonally across the grain of fabrics. His garments are inspired by Malleus Maleficarum ("the Hammer of Witches"), a witch-hunting handbook written by Heinrich Kramer and James Sprenger published in 1487. He describes his line as a "covenant of techno witches from another world and time-the Venusians, the sibyls of antiquity, known only through the whispers of legend."

Originally from Ukraine, Eliza Vlasova's '14 (fiber) collection, Multiplicity, for the Experimental Fashion Event and the Annual Benefit Fashion Show combines complex geometric designs and biomorphic forms, which are decorative objects resembling living organisms, to illustrate the relationship between the body and the environment it inhabits. Designs include clothing, from fabrics such as leather, cotton and silk, as well as bronze and silver jewelry. "The patterns that make up the surface embellishments and fabric manipulations are inspired by naturally occurring geometry, such as symmetry, web networks and scaling," Vlasova said.

Image captions (top-bottom): Samantha Bloom '14, Intimacy: A Collaboration, for Experimental Fashion Event (photo by Diosi Smith '15); Amadeus Guchhait '15, Gilded (detail), for Experimental Fashion Event and Annual Benefit Fashion Show (photo by Derek Blanks '00); Luis Rivas '15, HexenHammer (detail), for Annual Benefit Fashion Show (photo by Derek Blanks '00); and Eliza Vlasova '14, Multiplicity, for Experimental Fashion Event and Annual Benefit Fashion Show (photo by Derek Blanks '00).

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 65 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.