The College of Design was all about fashion on Saturday, February 18. Eleven seniors showcased their work in the 44th Annual Apparel Design Senior Fashion Show in the Rapson Hall atrium. Packed with over 1,000 attendees, the atrium buzzed with excitement as each model stepped on the runway. From flirty to structured, whimsical to futuristic, each designer applied their perspective from four to six looks.
Designer Sara Lopez spoke to us about her pieces, and how she used GMD's collection to influence her work. Lopez's collection shows a structural and proportional twist on the men's suit. Lopez "explored the suit through a new lens: stepping into the suit not knowing its orientation and discovering new silhouettes while exaggerating proportions, scale, and restriction."
Lopez explored 20th century suits from GMD's collection from designers such as Bill Blass, Yves Saint Laurent, Pierre Cardin, Hugo Boss and other no-name brands. While inspecting each suit, Lopez says she "found inspiration in the details such as how many buttons they used, topstitching or no topstitching, inside construction, facing design, the number of inside welt pockets, the number of outside welt pockets, vents, bound button holes or not, tag design and placement, closures, color of lining, mock button holes, hems, and trouser construction." She truly left no hem unturned!
Lopez's eye for detail and construction is clear in each of her designs. Although each piece feels playful regarding proportion and asymmetry, the highly structured aesthetic and the white and beige pallet keep them grounded and wearable. We are proud to have GMD's collection serve as inspiration for these fresh artistic pieces, and we look forward to seeing more from Lopez in the future as she continues her studies in London.
By Jenny Parker: Goldstein Museum of Design Graduate Assistant,
MFA candidate in Graphic Design and Museum Studies