Nikki is a good friend of mine who also modeled in my line last year. Her collection for DonRose "La Marine de l'Oshun" was inspired by the Yoruba Orisha or deity of love and beauty named Oshun. Her collection of garments was one of my favorites. Nikki has come so far in her career at MICA. I am excited to see what she does next!
The Maryland Institute College of Art just successfully wrapped up another fashion week! The first weekend of April, I made a trip to Baltimore to check out the first show, Hoi Polloi, an experimental fashion event.
The experimental fashion course at MICA is a class students take to put on a fashion event. Throughout the year, the students plan and prep for the event using money raised from the previous year. They also spend the year creating a runway ready collection and or performance. This year the class had a great group of designers and most of the lines were even performances. I enjoyed the vast variety of garment style, construction, and color. Sometimes departments at school start to have similarities and some years the show had lines with overlapping ideas or material. This year I thought the students did a great job creating work that evoked many different levels of energy and style! Check out the video here...
I have fond memories of this class, here are some throw back photos from my line last year, Flock Party. It can also be seen in my portfolio, in the menu.
Flock party was my "fun project" for senior year. I decided to create a line of costumes as my go to relaxation during my thesis. I thought it would be mindless fun work to take a break from the more serious things going on in my year. It was a blast dancing samba with a group of care free friends willing to give up their entire day to giggle, eat, dance, and perform in silly costumes!
The next show from two weeks ago was called DonRose. Yesterday the video for DonRose, The 23rd Annual Benefit Fashion Show was finally released!!! See it here...
Don rose was directed by two friends of mine London and Brandon. This show is unique because it is always run by two students and the money raised goes right back into the office of diversity to be used for student grants. I was so sad I could not see all of my friends and fellow classmates design work, but the video is pretty great! All the collections were so dope! The models looked amazing from all of the sneaky peak footage I saw, and finally last night the video aired and I was screaming yasssss at all my old models, friends, and classmates.
Above is the work of my friend Briana Arrington. I am so happy she will be assistant directing next years show! Briana's collection, B.E. was created in response to the over-sexualization and demonizing of Black Women in America. Her work was stunning and extremely powerful. She also modeled her own work, you go girl!
The energy of and throughout the whole show was so good! A lot of the lines were fun and peppy and the models got to dance and perform! The garments were maticulously planned and the designers did a great job exploring the concepts of both the theme of the show as well as each designers individual themes. That's what I love about mica, the students are very conceptual but do a very good job of illustrating their ideas!
When I was a junior (three years ago holy smokes!) I made my first ever fashion line! I was way in over my head with little garment experience besides the class I was currently taking. Lots of YouTube videos and practice fails later my line included nine friends and an outfit change for each lady.
Obsessed with superman and Clark Kent I made a collection of garments focused on Kent's super power; X-ray vision. The audience had a chance to flex X-ray vision and my girls rocked the stage in their business inspired garments. The audience could see through the models garments (X-ray vision) to the lingerie. Here are some of my favorite shots from three years ago!
The video as well as the rest of the images can be seen on my portfolio page,
The next year, my senior year, I had the opportunity to direct the show, as well as design.
"Systems" is a collection of garments inspired by our human anatomy. It involves many Dualities, in that although we are different from one another, we all (mostly) have the same anatomical systems. No matter our racial background, sexual orientation or preference, our anatomy is consistent. The models and style garment were inspired by Alice and Tasha from "The L Word". While the pattern and print, printed, painted, batiked, shiboried, and many more surface work was all done by me for various classes and was inspired by our systems. See portfolio in the menu to look at more footage from Systems.
Congratulations to all the designers, providers, directors, models, stage help, and everyone involved In the fashion shows this year! I am sad to have missed one but very fortunate to have seen the other! Looking forward to the years to come and see many new mica talents mixed in with the old!