After weeks of preparation, the day arrived. Rushing around, trying to get every detail taken care of, an entire apparel design class readied their designs, their models, and themselves for the WAM Collective's 2014 Elements: Design Competition and Runway Show.
The prompt for this fashion show was to design a piece that both embodied the life and culture of Siberia and addressed the idea of sustainability. Elizabeth Bischoff's design, a full-length coat with upcycled beaver fur, two different upholstery fabrics, and a lining fabric won honorable mention award. Bischoff described the coat materials as connecting strongly to the Taiga forest in Siberia, while the design and lining color suggest the Mongolian culture indigenous to Siberia.
The apparel design class took on this project as a lesson in designing for a theme and also handling the preparation and stress of a runway show. All of Bischoff's classmates who submitted a design won a spot in the show. They participated in a rehearsal where their personal music selections were played through while the models walked. Some chose to model their own work and some recruited models. Bischoff recruited her good friend, Casey Casella. To make sure the night of the show would go smoothly, they ran through the hair and makeup schedule during the rehearsal.
The show (check it out the video below) went off without a hitch, Bischoff took home a gift certificate to Treadle Yard Goods and she showcased her coat at GMD's Legendary Lake Design benefit (where she also showed a suit coat and a pair of pants) this past September. We hope to see more of her designs popping up on the runway soon!