Call it Project Runway - the museum edition. Eight Fashion Design students at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City have been selected to create garments for inclusion in a new exhibition of fashion at Shelburne Museum.
The eight students from the prestigious college, which is part of the State University of New York (SUNY) system, won the opportunity to create finished garments for inclusion in the exhibit In Fashion: High Style 1690-2011, opening June 18. In Fashion will feature masterpieces by early Parisian designers Emile Pingat and House of Worth alongside designs by today's icons of fashion including Karl Lagerfeld, Oscar de la Renta, Bill Blass, Carolina Herrera, Prabal Gurung, Christian Siriano, and others.
The FIT students were challenged to complete the look by designing pieces that complement a selection of eight 19th century bodices from Shelburne Museums collection. The bodices and winning sketches can be viewed at contest.shelburnemuseum.org.
We asked today's emerging fashion designers to tap their talent and create a sartorial link between the roots of couture in the 19th century and the 21st century in a provocative and intellectually valid way, said Senior Curator Jean Burks, who is organizing the exhibit.
In the first round of the competition the students submitted their design concepts as sketches. In the second round, 15 finalists were asked to further develop their concepts. In the final round, the eight students were selected to produce their garments for the exhibition.
FIT students are extremely motivated by the opportunity to have their designs exhibited
at Shelburne Museum alongside the most inspired designers of the 19th and early 20th
centuries and a number of contemporary fashions best designers, said Marilyn Hefferen,
assistant professor, Fashion Design at FIT.
In Fashion: High Style 1690-2011, on exhibit June 18-October 30, will be comprised of over 75 costumes from the museums permanent collection plus garments on loan from major contemporary designers. The exhibit will be presented in sections that include: Haute Couture, featuring early high fashion from Paris including Emile Pingat and House of Worth alongside fashion icons of today; Complete the Look, which will showcase 19th century bodices paired with designs by FIT students; Fashionable 50s will pay tribute to American designer Hattie Carnegie; and Head to Toe will feature shoes, accessories, and outerwear from the 19th and early 20th centuries, including a pair of women's shoes from the 17th century. For more information about the exhibit and the contest, visit www.shelburnemuseum.org.
About Shelburne Museum: Shelburne Museum in Shelburne, Vermont is one of North America's finest, most diverse and unconventional museums of art, design and Americana. Over 150,000 works are exhibited in a remarkable setting of 39 exhibition buildings, 25 of which are historic and were relocated to the museum grounds. The museums collection includes works by the great Impressionists Claude Monet, Edouard Manet and Edgar Degas as well as a prized collection of folk art including trade signs, weather vanes, and quilts.
Photo captions (left to right):
Sketch by Joshua Myrie, a student at the Fashion Institute of Technology. Myrie was among eight students selected in Shelburne Museums Complete the Look contest. He will make his garment for exhibit with the vintage bodice shown in the sketch. Myrie's design will be featured in the upcoming exhibit In Fashion: High Style 1690-2011 from June 18 to October 30.
Sketch by Jusil Carroll, a student at the Fashion Institute of Technology. Carroll was among eight students selected in Shelburne Museums Complete the Look contest. She will make her garment for exhibit with the vintage bodice shown here. Carroll's design will be featured in the upcoming exhibit In Fashion: High Style 1690-2011 from June 18 to October 30.
Sketch by Yena Kim, a student at the Fashion Institute of Technology. Kim was among eight students selected in Shelburne Museums Complete the Look contest. She will make her garment for exhibit with the vintage bodice shown here. Kim's design will be featured in the upcoming exhibit In Fashion: High Style 1690-2011 from June 18 to October 30.