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R.I.P. V.I.P.

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 fashion should 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.

Saturday, April 20, 6 and 8:30 pm

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 the event, 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.


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.

Work from R.I.P. V.I.P.

  • Puder Jenigen
  • Carrie Meushaw
  • Christina Knebel
  • Erin Sudeck

View more images from this year's collection or from last year's show Milquetoast.


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