Thursday, March 31, 2011


Two Fashion Events, RACK and Genuine Articles, Showcase Design Innovation

imageThis April, Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) challenges conventional wisdom and proves that Baltimore is a center of fashion and design innovation. From Saturday, April 9 to Saturday, April 16, two distinct shows, both featuring original, purposeful designs, aim to usher in a new view of fashion in Baltimore: singularly inventive. Juxtaposed against standard fashion events in the city, these shows present a fresh perspective on design in Baltimore in a way that may revolutionize the way the city—and the world—engage in fashion invention here.  (Left: Sharela Bonfield)

imageMICA students will exhibit their unique abilities to create clothing that inspires both thought and action. RACK: An Experimental Fashion Event pushes the boundaries of what a traditional fashion show is with more than 150 artists, performers and musicians participating. Genuine Articles: Designs That Give a Damn, 2011’s incarnation of MICA’s Annual Benefit Fashion Show, is an interdisciplinary exploration of fashion’s potential to impact society, with both practical and outrageous designs. (Above: Maria Chaverri and Jacob Whayne Dillow; Photos by Derek Blanks ’00))

Additionally, MICA fashion students participate in off-campus happenings in April:

Smart Textiles Goes to China, in\flux and Robot Fest

MICA’s Collaborative Smart Textiles Research Lab, developed by fiber faculty member Annet Couwenberg in 2008, combines age-old craftsmanship with 21st-century technology. Students from the fall 2010 Wash & Wear Electronics course will be showcasing their final projects in a Wearable Technology Fashion Show in China on Thursday, April 7 in conjunction with the Fashion Department at Donghua University in Shanghai, China, and the Willem de Kooning Academy in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. Contact the Office of Communications for more details about the China collaboration, which will continue in the fall.

The spring Smart Textiles class, in partnership with MICA’s Electronics for Art and Design class, will showcase their work at:

  • in\flux gallery, 307 W. Baltimore St., with a free reception and student presentations on Wednesday, April 27, at 7 PM
  • Robot Fest at National Electronics Museum, 1745 W. Nursery Road, Linthicum Heights (near Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport) on Saturday, April 30, 10 AM–3 PM. Tickets: Suggested donation of $6, adults; $3, middle- and high-school students; children are free. For more information on this event, visit