In an evening of celebration and camaraderie, the Virginia Commonwealth College Faculty of the Arts Division of Trend Design + Merchandising final week held its first in-person trend occasion since 2019. The style present, #PROCESS2022, showcased the onerous work, expertise and creativity of the division’s college students.
This 12 months’s occasion was held on the Virginia Museum of Wonderful Arts on Could 11. #PROCESS2022 featured a runway present, reception and trend exposition, in addition to a meet-and-greet with senior designers.
“Our purpose was to tug again the curtain on trend and show the method of design and merchandising and the way they work collectively to create ‘trend,’” mentioned Deidra Arrington, chair of the Division of Trend Design + Merchandising.
The runway present introduced 75 clothes from sophomore, junior and senior scholar designers and included design reveals that includes illustration, draping and embroidery. Merchandising reveals in line improvement, branding, forecasting and promotions demonstrated how the artistic turns into trend.
“I liked seeing the entire outfits on fashions, as a result of they bring about them to life … particularly with the open sleeves,” mentioned Jaeden Wells, a senior designer featured within the runway present. “With the ability to get motion and see how they transfer on the physique is a very totally different solution to see the clothes and expertise them.”
Thematically, Wells’ assortment drew from her conception of a “fairy goddess-gardenscape” and she or he targeted on adaptability and sustainability.
“I attempted to play with adjustability and having the ability to match totally different sizes,” she mentioned. For instance, a garment she designed for her useful resource class was product of recycled and thrifted supplies and featured a corset, unfastened jacket and gown slits.
Fellow senior designer Stuti Epari created a zero-waste design that harkens again to the Maratha warriors of the Maratha Confederacy in 18th-century India. “I used to be impressed by the armor that they used,” Epari mentioned. “I [wanted] to make the physique a weapon.” Epari used chainmail and reflective materials of their design to imitate the looks of armor.
This 12 months’s occasion included a trend exposition that featured dwell dressmaking, customized trend illustrations by alumna Jen Paxton, and portraits created on a stitching machine by alumnus Michael-Birch Pierce, a VCUarts school member and famend fiber artist and designer.
“The portrait embroidery may be very a lot a efficiency,” Pierce mentioned. “My topic sits throughout from me and I draw them with the stitching machine, in a single steady line, in lower than 5 minutes. I’ve conversations the entire time. For me, it is about having these intimate connections facilitated by a very sudden use of a machine. The artwork is within the expertise, not likely the completed product. That is my full-time job exterior of instructing. I journey all around the world doing portraits at events and occasions just like the Oscars and the Tremendous Bowl.”
Pierce, who teaches gildings and print design at VCU, was excited to boost the style present expertise for his or her senior college students concerned with the occasion and their households.
“I do not do a lot to arrange or observe earlier than every occasion however my stitching training from VCU plus 11 years of occasions since growing this method in grad faculty has been loads of preparation,” they mentioned.
The occasion is a collaborative effort, starting with the design college students’ studio work and dropped at fruition by the style occasion planning class. This 12 months’s occasion was particularly poignant with the attendance of Mary DePillars, the spouse of the late Murry N. DePillars, Ph.D., VCUarts dean from 1976 to 1995, who inaugurated the annual trend present.
After the runway present, senior designers gathered alongside their fashions — who wore items from one another’s collections — for a meet-and-greet. Throughout this time the designers spoke on to friends about their designs, experiences and artistic processes.
“Our nation’s most promising college students, earnest and impassioned, are coming to Richmond, Virginia, from throughout the nation. And they’re coming to study, to mirror, to create,” mentioned Carmenita Higginbotham, Ph.D., dean of VCUarts. “It’s these college students that mirror of their work, wide-ranging and distinctive creativity. We see this within the supplies that they use, of their constructions and within the underpinning aesthetics of their productions.
“I consider that this occasion, #PROCESS2022, is indeniable proof of the achievement, of not solely of the varsity, however importantly of our school and workers and — as we see right here tonight — our college students.”
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