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Student Designers

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.

Erin Sudeck ’13 (fiber) – Essentialism

About Erin

Erin SudeckErin Sudeck is from Bel Air, Maryland. She is a senior at the Maryland Institute College of Art and will graduate in December 2013 with a BFA in Fiber and a concentration in Experimental Fashion. Prior to transferring to MICA, Erin earned an associates degree in fine art (2011) at Harford Community College.

Work by Erin Sudeck

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About Essentialism

Essentialism: for any specific entity, there is a set of incidental attributes all of which are necessary to its identity and function. Erin Sudeck has applied this philosophy to her collection. Essentialism creates desire and empowerment. The collection incorporates sheer and opaque garments that reveal and conceal the female body. Sudeck explores the idea that clothing can empower women by accentuating the female form. The wearer feels special when wearing the garment due to the apparent hand of the designer and the labor poured into each garment. Techniques such as laser cutting, beading, and smocking (a type of gathered stitch work) were used to create Essentialism, as well as patterning and tailoring.