Monday, March 27, 2017


The 24th Annual Benefit Fashion Show showcases a range of high-concept and ready-to-wear student designs that question color in society.

Hueman: The 24th Annual Benefit Fashion Show

WHEN: Friday, April 7, 9 p.m., and Saturday, April 8, 8 p.m.
Falvey Hall, 1301 W. Mt. Royal Ave., Baltimore
TICKETS: General admission is $20. Student admission with a valid ID is $7 on April 7 and $15 on April 8.
Tickets are available in person at the MICA Store or online at

Organized by MICA students Ashley Lian (director) and Briana Arrington (assistant director), Hueman features 20 individual fashion lines created by 26 designers representing the College’s Fiber, Painting, General Fine Arts, Graphic Design and Interactive Arts programs, among others.

The show was conceived to highlight the ways in which color affects our perception of the world and each other. Each of the designers contributes to this conversation with fashions that encourage viewers to reflect on color’s impact on society, particularly on ideas of race, gender, sexuality and emotion.

“I think Hueman is a culmination of the right ideas at the right time,” said Lian. “Briana and I knew we wanted to focus on color as early as last year, and given the current political climate, I think it's extremely important for audience members to think about their own internal biases and associations that are based on color and how they relate to identity, clothing and art.”

Select fashions include:

  • (rem)emberance by Mubtasin Zaman and Joe Donatelli, which conceptualizes dreaming and rapid eye movement (REM) sleep through a sleepwear line that incorporates fur and stuffed animals to represent luxury bedding and comfort;
  • Diana Eusebio and Shelby Slayden’s Apricity, a collection of androgynous, silhouetted designs that reference tropical environments and their biodiversity as a metaphor for human diversity;
  • Pique by Margaret Garrison, a collection that blurs the boundary between sculpture and ready-to-wear fashion by incorporating geometric shapes, unconventional textures and structural shadowing;
  • and Grayson Gross’ Queens, which celebrates queer identity and expression through historically-inspired fashions, such as “Tudor glam” and “punk Rococo,” to reimagine royals of the past.

Celebrity photographer Derek Blanks ’00 (Illustration) worked with students to organize a professional-level fashion shoot for the show's lookbook, and his photographs of the student designs will be on display in the Brown Center lobby during the show.

Click here to view Blanks' photos of all the student fashion designs. 

Sponsored by MICA’s Office of Diversity and Intercultural Development, a portion of the fashion show’s proceeds will support the office’s diversity programming and scholarly initiatives for students.

Participating designers include Courtney Banh, Megan Beck, Calvin Chang, Joe Donatelli and Mubtasin Zaman, Chas Druin, Alex Dukes, Diana Eusebio and Shelby Slayden, Aura Evans, Gina Fulton and Chelsea Lozano, Margaret Garrison, Grayson Gross, Nikki Hendricks, Bokeum Jeon, Julia John, Suwan Kim, Sasha Landar and Alyssa Ziobro, Chelsea Lee and Ayaka Takao, Ellie MacInnes, Babs Weiss, Sam White and Haylie Zapantis.

Image (left to right): Grayson Gross, Chas Druin, Margaret Garrison.