By Jacob Porter
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The Maryland Institute College of Art, or MICA, brought the fashion minds of tomorrow together to display their newest designs and concepts.
On April 22, For a Limited Time Only: an Experimental Fashion Event took to the runway at the Baltimore War Memorial. The show is the result of a two semester long course in the Fiber Department at MICA says Caroline Smouse, a senior at MICA whose line was featured in the show.
“In the class, each of us creates our own garment lines which may incorporate runway fashions, dance performances, costumes, puppets, or wearable puppets,” says Smouse.
“We also co-direct the final production by purchasing and organizing a venue space, chairs, merchandise, lights, and music,” says Smouse.
The fashion show is the culmination of years’ worth of hard work and dedication by each designer. Each line is very unique, displaying a different array of colors, patterns, and moods. Smouse’s line, appropriately named “Starry Eyes”, emphasized the use of knitted fabrics and LED lights.
“Dance tied my entire collection together. I have danced all my life and I wanted to bring my two passions together,” says Smouse.
“I intended on creating clothing that is fun to dance in and enables spirited movement. My work was influenced by discotheque that makes get up and want to dance,” says Smouse.
Smouse incorporated dance and the use of hula hoops into her collection. As seen in the video above, her clothes flowed beautifully with the models as they performed the choreography. The lights dimmed and the hula hoops erupted in varying arrays of color. Certain outfits illuminated the room with their LED lights. The runway was turned into a rainbow of color and twirling spherical hoops in the darkness.
“This show wasn’t just a result of my work this past year within the Fiber Department, but also a result of my time spent here at MICA,” says Smouse.
Smouse will graduate this May and will continue designing as her newest line will be featured at New York Fashion Week.
The Experimental Fashion Event symbolizes the creativity of young minds. These students worked to bring their creative vision to life in the form of their runway collections. Each line carries its own certain message along with it. The personality of the designer comes out in the form of the clothes they produced. For a Limited Time Only: an Experimental Fashion Event illustrated the immense talent of these young designers, and the beauty of these modern, and unique clothes.