Lights dim down. All is silent for one moment.
Lights flash on. Slowly, musical beats begin pulsating from the speakers.
The Academy of Art University’s 2012 annual spring fashion show begins.
The crowd cheers as the first model appears on runway, showcasing the first of
17 collections made by graduating seniors.
The collaborative collection by Renata Lindroos and Mina Fadaie, depicted 1960s horror films in silk-screened photographic images and garments with distorted silhouettes. Lindroos collaborated with Orly Ruaimi, MFA Sculpture and Jewelry Design major, who used recycled pieces of metal and cable ropes to created twistedly edgy designs in collaboration with Kim Tran’s trippy variety of prints and fabrics.
Graduating fashion design student, Maria Azucena Romero partnered with seven Animation and Visual Effects majors to bring her designs to life on screen. Even though her garments were not shown on models walking down the runway, the movement and texture of each piece was shown beautifully in slow motion on a projection screen through the use of stop-animation.
Romero’s creativity and ingenuity impressed guest of honor, Sarah Burton, and won her an internship at Alexander McQueen, leaving the audience to wonder – could animation be the future of fashion shows?
Zhangchi Wang also earned an internship with McQueen. Wang used stretch wool coating and wool knits, creating an all grey collection inspired by the traditional Chinese stone carvings, which is subtly seen in the embossed detail of the wool.
Each collection, unique and creative in its own way, showed what can be achieved in four years of hard work at in the Academy’s Fashion Design program. Those seniors, who live and breath fashion, wrapped up the show, making their way behind their models down the catwalk. As attendees applauded in approval, each student glowed, flashing smiles of happiness and relief, knowing that bigger more exciting things wait for them as they enter the fashion industry.
All images courtesy of the AAU