Apparel Design


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  • Next Runway Show: Saturday, May 9 at 2 pm + 7 pm

    Each spring, after months of conceptual development, experimentation and meticulous construction, Apparel Design majors showcase their one-of-a-kind creations at a popular runway show called simply Collection. Held in selected venues in Providence, the fast-paced live show offers audiences a sneak peak at the fashion tastemakers and trendsetters of the future.

    The work shown in each year’s Collection is juried by a panel of guest critics—professional designers who carefully review and discuss the work together, give students critical feedback and select the best garments for the runway show. Guest critics for Collection 14 were:

    • Laird Borrelli, fashion historian and author
    • Robert Geller 01 AP, menswear designer
    • Neil Gilks, director of educational initiatives, Council of Fashion Designers of America
    • Lorraine Howes, RISD professor emerita + former Apparel Design department head
    • Nicole Miller 73 AP, fashion designer + RISD trustee
    • Leo Narducci 60 AP, fashion designer

    Designs by seniors are selected from their year-long thesis collections—unified bodies of work that showcase professional-grade conceptual and technical skills; for juniors selections are made from their men’s or women’s tailored jacket looks and cut/sew knitwear projects or costumes designed in collaboration with Providence Festival Ballet; and sophomore work is selected from their textiles-collaborative print projects, as well as from the Re-Innovatives challenge—to construct a wearable piece out of recycled materials other than fabric.

    »» gallery of student work presented at Collection 2014