Saturday, April 7, 2018

MICA'S 25th ANNUAL BENEFIT FASHION SHOW CELEBRATES DIVERSITY, IDENTITY & INCLUSION

MICA'S 25th ANNUAL BENEFIT FASHION SHOW
The runway-style fashion show showcases a range of avant-garde, high fashion and ready-to-wear student designs.

WHEN: Friday, April 13, 9 p.m., and Saturday, April 14, 8 p.m.
WHERE
: MICA’s Falvey Hall, 1301 W Mt. Royal Ave., Baltimore
TICKETS: General admission is $20. Student admission with a valid ID is $7 on April 13 and $15 on April 14.
Tickets are available in person at the MICA Store or online at store.mica.edu.

Organized by Architectural Design B.F.A. student Brandon Brooks (director) and Art History, Theory & Criticism B.F.A. student Cynthia Fang (assistant director), Authenticity features 16 individual fashion lines created by 20 designers representing the College’s Fiber, Painting, Illustration, General Fine Arts, Graphic Design and Interdisciplinary Sculpture programs, among others.
Sponsored by MICA’s Center for Identity and Inclusion, the Annual Benefit Fashion Show raises money for the College’s diversity programming and scholarly initiatives for students.

“It has been 25 years since the Benefit Fashion Show began as a program of MICA’s Black Student Union,” said Clyde Johnson, MICA’s associate dean at the Center for Identity and Inclusion. “Since then, the fashion show has grown to encompass the College’s larger diversity and inclusion initiatives, and is one of the year’s most anticipated events on campus.”

The theme of Authenticity was conceived to highlight the idea of being genuine to oneself, and the designers contribute to this conversation with fashions that speak to the nature of their identities.

“With this year’s historic milestone, we are celebrating, honoring and contemplating the show’s authentic roots. The designers represented in Authenticity expand upon the original mission of the fashion show as a place to celebrate identity and diversity. We are thrilled for the audience to enjoy our designers’ candid and forthright take on their definition of authenticity,” Brooks and Fang said in a statement.

Select fashion lines include:

  • HUĀSE by General Fine Arts B.F.A. student Kelly Zhong showcases a contemporary perspective on East Asian identity. Eschewing dragon patterns, oriental symbols or porcelain motifs, Zhong opts for a color palette consisting of soft pastel and neutral colors to highlight the range of skin tones and features of her models.
  • DE Colores by Fiber B.F.A. student Diana Eusebio addresses colorism and appropriation of Hispanic and Afro-Latino culture. Inspired by Manta, a traditional woven textile native to Peru, DE Colores celebrates the racial diversity of Latin American artisans.
  • Nice Time by Illustration B.F.A. students Shelby Slayden and Kayleigh Efird explores the sincerity of childhood memories and their influence on adult personalities. The collection serves as a memoir to commemorate the awkward intimacy of growing up and a celebration of adolescence.
  • Towards a Means of Production by Interdisciplinary Sculpture B.F.A. student David Correa is a collection of designs that satirizes and questions the relationship between two social classes through mixed media elements including fashion, sculpture and digital media.

Celebrity photographer Derek Blanks ’00 (Illustration) worked with students to organize a professional 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.

Each designer has also donated two garments from their lines to a silent auction the night of the fashion show, which will raise money for the Center for Identity and Inclusion’s Diversity Grant Fund. Thirty percent of all auction sales will benefit the fund. Bidding instructions will be provided during intermission and after the show.

Participating designers include Sarina Angell, Courtney Banh, Andrea Barnes, Dani Brodsky, Chris Chapa, David Correa, Kayleigh Efird, Karryl Eugene, Diana Eusebio, Will Grimm, Shanna Hollis, Rheagen King, Maddy Lavosky, Cathy Lin, AJ Oehm, Shelby Slayden, Chaahat Thakker, Robin Vuitch, Nick Weihe and Kelly Zhong.

Founded in 1826, Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) is the oldest continuously degree-granting college of art and design in the nation. The College enrolls over 3,000 undergraduate, graduate and continuing studies students from 49 states and 65 countries in fine arts, design, electronic media, art education, liberal arts, and professional studies degree and non-credit programs. With art and design programs ranked in the top ten by U.S. News and World Report, MICA is pioneering interdisciplinary approaches to innovation, research, and community and social engagement. Alumni and programming reach around the globe, even as MICA remains a cultural cornerstone in the Baltimore/Washington region, hosting hundreds of exhibitions and events annually by students, faculty and other established artists.

Image: From left to right, designs by Sarina Angell, Nick Weihe and Will Grimm.