The MFW had a great turnout of student designers represented on Tuesday night for the Emergence: the new school of Midwest Fashion Student Fashion Show at the historical Madame C.J. Walker Theatre. The student designers were: Christelle Amelie Jonquet / AI, Amana Holt / AI Chicago, Julia Montag / Ball State, Daryl Bonner / AI, Sylvia Schieber / IU Bloomington, Ali Robbins, Fred Schwier /IU Bloomington, Audrie Simison / Ball State, Danisha Brown + Krista Alter / AI, Lanae Stovall / Ball State, Lorry Plasterer / IU Bloomington, and Jennifer Spriggs/ UC DAAP.
This event definitely drew the Who’s Who in the fashion community in Indianapolis. This was probably the first fashion event this week that had more fashionistas than spectators. It was definitely an exciting event connecting with a lot of the Indianapolis Fashion Collective members under one roof.
Now from an assertive approach, the overall show appeared well organized and the presentations flowed well. There were some really hot pieces with great construction, and there were some that should not have left the cutting room. To assess a collection, concept or a bunch of ideas, you should think about the purpose of the process.
Being a fashion student the world is in front of you and there are so many options to choose from. So to begin to assess your strength first ask yourself, what is my passion? What can I do best? Do I have innovative ideas? The answers will direct your future. The fashion industry is a very competitive world, and if you are not strong in your craft you will not survive as an independent designer.
Overall, if I was looking at my grade book I would give the students a “C” for construction. Yes, there were some well constructed garments, brand-worthy ready ideas, and cool outerwear concepts. But, there were also plenty of unfinished hems, seams needing pressed, lack of detailing, and ill-fits. Whenever there is a fiasco backstage, you will have to learn how to master the cover-ups, so it’s not so visible to the audience. What I would like for the students to take home from all this is first, “Know thyself!” – have a clear and cohesive vision for you collection before you unveil it for public scrutiny, and second, recognize that attention to detail is EVERYTHING when it come to fashion.
The world is looking for the “NEXT” best thing so never forget to push the envelope with design, construction and innovation!
All images provided by Ani Ziemniak.