Fashion Design Students Showcase Springtime Fashions at Philadelphia International Flower Show

Sixteen dresses and gowns designed by PhilaU fashion design students will be featured as part of Springtime in Paris, the 2011 Philadelphia International Flower Show, from March 6 to 13 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. The show will celebrate fashion, fragrances and flora that exemplify the height of Parisian influence.

The Philadelphia International Flower Show, presented by PNC, will transport winter-weary guests to the romantic and stylish streets of Paris, through acres of remarkable gardens, cafes, parks and floral displays.

“Fashion and design have long been a part of the Philadelphia International Flower Show,” said Drew Becher, president of the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society (PHS), which produces the show annually. “This year, we are excited to incorporate signature Parisian elements and style that reinforce our 2011 theme Springtime in Paris.”

What better way to include fashion than to call on some of Philadelphia University’s best designers? As part of a collaboration between PhilaU and the Flower Show to bring haute couture to the event, show organizers selected 16 student-designed dresses that will be exhibited at the show and also used as inspiration for companion floral designs.


“These are some of the best fashion students in the country. We’re looking forward to seeing what this talented fashion group inspires in the floral designers,” said Show Designer Sam Lemheney.

The dresses and accompanying floral designs will be rotated every two days and featured in the Artistic Divisions of the Flower Show. The Show dress competition, named “Haute Couture,” is one of dozens of amateur flower arrangement displays that will be judged on Saturday, March 5.

Student designs will be featured on the following schedule:

Saturday, March 5 and Sunday, March 6 – Christi Jefferson ’10, Jennifer Hawrylak ’11, Jennifer Lanyon ’12 and Katherine Possage ’12

Monday, March 7 and Tuesday, March 8 – Cecily Salinas ’11, Kaitlyn Doherty ’11, Katherine Carlton ’11 and Marisa Silva’11

Wednesday, March 9 and Thursday, March 10 – Anfisa Sokolova ’11, Christi Jefferson ’10, Kaitlin O’Leary ’11 and Rachel Wendling ’10

Friday, March 11 and Saturday, March 12 – Alison Lehman ’11, Victoria Harris ’11, Johanna Kozak ’11 and Arielle Salkowitz ’11

Clara Henry, program director of fashion design at PhilaU, said partnering with the Flower Show will highlight the creative energy that flourishes on campus. “We are thrilled to be part of such a premier event and to work with an extraordinary group of people. Philadelphia University is known for interdisciplinary collaboration and this partnership ties two design disciplines, floral and fashion, together creating an a innovative exhibition showcased in a most lush setting.”

“I feel very grateful for being selected to be a part of such a beautiful and inspiring event,” said Harris. “Flowers have always been one of my favorite sources of inspiration from nature. I cannot wait to see how the flower designer interprets and is inspired by my gown.”

Harris’ design was inspired by ancient African cultures and religions as well as their art, philosophy and tribal designs. Various tribes in ancient Africa believed in using spiritual intentionality when creating art and design. Her intention for the flower show design was to promote peace, unity and equality in Africa.

“I was very excited to be chosen to participate with some of my fellow classmates,” said Doherty. “We all worked extremely hard on these garments and it is nice to see all that hard work pay off. I have been to the flower show a few times when I was younger, and I am excited to see it again, especially with the dresses on display.”

The Philadelphia International Fashion Show is the nation’s premiere horticultural event, an award-winning destination consistently ranked in North America’s Top 100 events. It is featured in the best-selling 1,000 Places to Visit Before You Die and known throughout the world as a must-see for flower and garden lovers.

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.theflowershow.comClick here to view a photo gallery.

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