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 (including the Providence Performing Arts Center in 2015), 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 the 2015 show are:

    • Derek Lam, designer/owner, Derek Lam
    • Tina Lutz, creative director, TSE
    • Neil Gilks, director of educational initiatives, Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA)
    • Alison Cohn, senior fashion news editor, ELLE

    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