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Fashion Thu Apr 26 2012
Those of us who are lucky enough to go to SAIC's fashion shows each year covet them and look forward to them the way most children look forward to their birthdays. There are good art shows and there are bad art shows, there are good concerts and bad concerts, but usually even the best ones drag a bit and are slightly dissatisfying. I'm not gonna lie, the SAIC fashion shows are the only big, serious fashion shows I've been to, so I'm no authority on the matter. But I've seen quite a lot of "Project Runway" -- and this makes that look like child's play. I challenge even those who are the most ambivalent about fashion to go to one of these shows and not scoot to the front edge of their seats during the show with a string of drool hanging from their delightfully awestruck mouths.
In other words, this shit is baller, every year. These designs makes me want to be a better woman. After a long, cold winter, I can see color again. Hell, I organized my closet and stopped wearing my boyfriend's dirty clothes all the time (now I creatively incorporate them into my largely spandex uniform). As a two-time SAIC alumna, I can tell you that the most interesting work being made at SAIC these days is coming out of the fashion and the fiber and material studies departments (yes, those are two very different beasts). Go to the MFA show or don't go. Check out the BFA show, for sure. But whatever you do, don't miss the fashion show next year and keep an eye on the following designers in the meantime:
Photos by Cody Davis, Sara Pieper and Elaine Li. For more photos and info, visit the FB page, where Elaine Li has posted EVERY SINGLE OUTFIT and who made it. Also, check out Cody Davis' awesome behind the scenes slideshow below.