The ambitious young designers showcased in the Art Institute’s Mercedes Benz Fashion Week exposé were chosen from tens of thousands of prospective candidates. A panel of fashion industry experts carefully selected the twelve designers, hailing from eight different Art Institutes campuses. Each budding designer crafted a small carefully curated collection of only six looks; vastly different choices made by each designer created an energetic show full of constant surprises.
The showcase opened with a young model named Megan Silcott wearing earth-tone designs by Nina Perdomo. Perdomo, a student at A.I.’s New York campus, is a former Naval engineer turned intern for Diane von Furstenberg. But Silcott is perhaps even more interest, as not only is she strikingly beautiful – she is also paralyzed by a rare neurological disorder. This did not stop her from working the runway with the assistance of a walker, and she rightfully gained the admiration of all those in attendance. The inclusion of disabled models was a milestone in quite a few shows this past fashion week, with actress Jamie Brewer walking for Carrie Hammer, and FTL Moda highlighting models with crutches, wheelchairs, and amputated limbs. Perdomo closed the show pushing Silcott in her wheelchair, further augmenting the audience’s adoration.
Aside from Silcott’s bravery and Perdomo’s fantastic collection, another highlight was Zong Peng’s collection of bizarre “multimedia assemblage” garments. Peng’s pieces, the last to be presented, were the most vibrant, shocking, and memorable pieces of the entire show. His collection consisted of dresses, capes, hats, and scarves made of layered felt shapes in a vibrant rainbow palette, inspired by childhood playgrounds and Microsoft Paint. The shapes were covered in scribbles, tufts of wool, and hanging yarn, connected by strips of felt and velvet. His pieces were referred to as being some of the craziest looks from Fashion Week Fall 2015, and deservedly so.
Ultimately, the designers all presented wonderful collections, and we urge you to be on the lookout for them as they continue to hone their skills and expand their portfolios. Perhaps this showcase will one day be remembered as the debut of one of the fashion world’s next big superstars!
by: Charlie McDonald