Scene: The Fashion Design Program of Syracuse University’s College of Visual and Performing Arts (VPA) New York City Presentation at Lubin House, the University’s New York City home on East Sixty-First Street between Madison and Fifth Avenues. Model above showcasing a garment from the collection of Senior Designer Jakia Hur.
The recent event featured the top juried senior collections with the leadership of Todd Conover, Assistant Professor and Program Coordinator Fashion Design, and Jeffrey Mayer, Professor, Fashion Design and Stylist for this event. The Senior Fashion Designers that participated this year were: Brittany Belo, Hailey Bennet, Courtney Capazzi, Helena Elston, Mackenzie Meyers, Jakia Nur, Alex Rosenbaum, and Olivia Wayne.
Scene: Sally Tomkins, Creative Business Consultant, Jeffrey Mayers, Professor, Fashion Design and Stylist for the event, Miryha Fantegroosi, Director of Design for Jockey, and Todd Conover, Assistant Professor and Program Coordinator Fashion Design.
Scene: Emil de John, Guest Juror, Lecturer, and Collaborator with the Fashion Department. He is a fashion insider, plus enjoyed great success as a designer himself with his own label, Alex DeJohn by Emil, which was sold at Bergdorf Goodman, Saks Fifth Avenue, and Neiman Marcus. He is currently a Professor at the Art Institute of Philadelphia. With him is Betty Halbreich, Bergdorf Goodman’s longtime style extraordinaire with 40-plus years at Bergdorf Goodman and 89 years of life experience. Since launching her Solutions personal shopping department at New York’s Bergdorf Goodman four decades ago, the Chicago-born fashion maven has dressed everyone from Babe Paley to Candice Bergen.
Scene: Christine Tanker, Dr. Michael Tick, Dean, College of Visual and Performing Arts at Syracuse University, and Lauren Cramer, a University Trustee and Chair of the College of Visual and Performing Arts Advisory Council.
Scene: From the collection of Senior Designer Brittany Belo. “The collection uses a variation of unconventional and transparent materials combined and distorted interpretations of traditional silhouettes.”
Scene: From the collection of Senior Designer Helena Elston. “Inspired by Edgar Allen Poe’s A Dream Within A Dream. I focus on tailoring, embroidery, and assymetical shapes and seams…jewel-toned colors.”
Scene & Heard: From the collection of Senior Designer Helena Elston. Take a spin with Satin Jacketes You Make Me Feel Good.
Scene: From the collection of Senior Designer Lauren Cappelletti. “My Girl Friday is an exploration of 1940’s/WWII inspired street wear that combines the athleisure trends of today with the romantic and feminine seaming so often found in vintage garments.” Lauren’s collection was recognized for its excellance. She was given the Iris Apfel award.
Scene: From the collection of Senior Designer Lauren Cappelletti showcased by Emme. The presentation also featured Fashion Without Limits, which is an initiative that promotes the creation of size 12+, an inclusive fashion movement. It is a partnership with Model, Entrepreneur, and Alumna Emme ’85.
Scene: From the collection of Senior Designer Olivia Wayne. “Everyone is so immersed in technology that they forget to look around and experience the world around them. My collection abstractly reminds us how important it is to be present…”
Scene: From the collection of Senior Designer Alex Rosenbaum. “My collection explores my personal relationship with social media anxiety that we create for ourselves on platforms…the second skin we create online. Tubing and electrical wire are also engineered in the construction to give the illusion of always being plugged in.”
Scene: From the collection of Senior Designer Mackenzie Meyers. “Face Value is a collection of garments that are constucted from hand painted fabrics. These ‘faces’ are meant to last forever because these garments can be displayed as pieces of art after being worn. Each painting portrays a unique story that enhances the specific piece…”
Scene: From the collection of Senior Designer Hailey Bennett. “Mana a Mana takes you on a journey through generations, cultures, and art. The collection is inspired by my Costa Rican and Jamaican heritage and by craft traditions shared with me by my grandmother — relying on the intertwining of color, pattern, shape, and texture.”
Scene: From the collection of Senior Designer Courtney Capazzi. “I aim to facilitate a shift in the public conscience from wasteful ‘fast fashion’ towards a greater acceptance of ‘slow fashion’. As a sustainable designer, I repurposed bridal gowns, genuine leather, silk, and Tercel. I hope my collection can illuminate the importance of sustainable fashion and empower the consumer to act.”
Scene: From the collection of Senior Designer Jakia Nur. “My collection is a modest line inspired by my South Asian culture with a mix of Western culture. My goal in creating this collection was to show a line of clothing that is conservative yet sexy, and to make woman feel beautiful, confident, and empowered.” Her collection was recognized for its excellance. She received the Anna Sui and Badgley Mishka awards.
Scene: Todd Conover, Assistant Professor and Program Coordinator Fashion Design, in conversation with alumna Marteal (Boniello) Mayer, co-owner with alumna Timmy Johnson of Loulette Bride in Brooklyn, Senior Designers Alexander Rosenbaum, and quest.