Temple Hoyne Buell Hall, with its windows and modern, airy mezzanines, was the perfect stage for Saturday's unveiling of the 12th annual Re-fashioned Fashion Show. The brain-child of Illinois Fine+Applied Arts assistant professor Susan Becker, Re-fashioned showcased the reuse/eco-conscious designs of Becker's Art 299 Fashion students. (Find out more about Becker's inspo and vision here).
The level of imagination, creativity, and skill was stunning. The diversity of bodies modeling the designs was inclusive. The garments themselves ranged from whimsical to wearable, and from quietly chic to full-on fantasy. Styles ranged from sweet, to edgy, to seductive; and in many cases expressed a welcome freedom from gender-normative dressing.
The power of the labrynth-like runway allowed the show to start with typical runway flair, and then move out into the extensive rows of seating where it could be experienced up close by members of the audience. Of particular note were the dual designs, which allowed for spirited interplay between the models, while offering a slightly broader sense of the designer's vision and voice.
Project Runway better watch out. These young designers are smart, witty, eco-conscious and forward-thinking. They also know how to work a runway reveal. Not only did they design artful garments, they designed creative solutions that minimize waste, maximize innovation, and rip the seams out of fashion gender norms.
See for yourself.
Re-fashioned Fashion Show
Saturday, May 4th, 2019
Temple Hoyne Buell Hall
611 E Lorado Taft Dr, Champaign
Check out additional photos and videos from Re-fashioned Art 299 Fashion students
Photos and video by Debra Domal