HWS Fashion Show Goes Haute Couture.
From high-profile television shows like “Project Runway” to the gaining mass popularity of couture designers like Marc Jacobs, Michael Kors and Vera Wang –fashion is becoming the latest in artful trends. And HWS student-designers are showing just how artistic and awesome clothing can be.
“Last year, the Arts Collective [AC] put on a fashion show just for fun,” explained AC Co-President and Designer Yeasmine Khalique ’10. “It was such a hit that we knew that it had to happen again this year and for real, this time.”
With that in mind, HWS models hit the runway on Saturday, Dec. 13 in the Vandervort Room.
So what hit the Hobart and William Smith runway this year? “This year we have two fashion lines that were shown,” said AC Secretary and Designer Annie Lindenhovius ’09. “One is designed by Simone ver Eeke ’09 and Arts Collective Co-President Ben D’Innocenzo ’10. Their line is technology-infused, making use of unexpected materials, including body paint for a jungle theme.
“The other line was created by me and Yeasmine,” Lindenhovious explained. “It’s definitely high fashion. In addition to incorporating a lot of bows, we used the color palette of a peacock for a lot of our designs.”
Adding to its two clothing lines, four designers and numerous student-models, the show offered the turntable sounds of Hobart student and DJ Matteo Tunioli ’10. And at intermission, a student band performed.
With potential to be one of the most talked-about and popular events of the year, an event like this certainly doesn’t happen on its own. “The show is the result of a lot of hard work by many people on campus,” said Khalique. “In addition to long hours from myself, Annie, Simone, Ben and many members of the Arts Collective, the show received a lot support from Professor of Art Patricia Mathews, Grounds Manager Dave Iannicello and Theatre Director Bill Bird. We can’t thank all of these people enough!”
But Khalique and Lindenhovius certainly deserve recognition of their own. To put on a fashion show “for real,” the two student-designers re-stitched what was once an extracurricular off-chance into an academic commitment. “We knew from last year that a serious fashion show would take a lot of work: the amount of work and time that goes into a course at HWS,” Khalique said. “So that’s what we turned it into: an independent study and internship with Professor Mathews.”
Matching academic rigor with extracurricular artfulness, this year’s HWS fashion show is one of many projects sponsored by the AC including the recent Political Art Show and Fall Festive as well as the upcoming Techno-Graphic Art Party and HWS Post Secret projects — both of which are in a planning stage.
As Lindenhovius puts it, “The Arts Collective is an important outlet for a lot of the artists on campus outside of the classroom.”