PhilaU Students to Compete in Italian-Inspired Fashion Design Contest at Philadelphia Museum of Art

Several PhilaU students will compete on Friday, April 1 in the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s “Project Capucci” design contest, which will celebrate the work of one of the most influential Italian fashion designers of the last century.

Roberto Capucci, one of the founders of modern Italian fashion, is known for his innovative use of color and form, beginning in the 1950s. His work, including film clips, historical photographs and over 90 designs, is currently on display at the Philadelphia Museum of Art in the Robert Capucci: Art Into Fashion exhibit (March 16 – June 5).

As a tribute to his influence in the fashion world, the Art Museum will host two design contests, the first of which will feature students from PhilaU, Drexel University and the Art Institute of Philadelphia. The students will design Capucci-inspired creations for a runway show at the museum starting at 5:45 p.m. on April 1.

“This is an exciting opportunity for our designers to respond to the work of an extraordinary visionary who has been an influential force in Italian fashion,” said Clara Henry, director of the fashion design program. “As an inspirational source, Roberto Capucci offers designers his astonishing sense of color, volume and form.”

The contest will be hosted by NBC10 anchor Lu Ann Cahn and judged by a special guest panel, including fashion aficionado Marla Green DiDio, Nieman Marcus general manager and member of Philadelphia Magazine’s style squad Missy Dietz; Project Runway winner and Philadelphia University alumnus Jay McCarroll; Consul General of Italy Luigi Scotto; and Brigitte Segura, a freelance fashion writer and contributor to InStyle.com and other publications.

“Design competitions are a great way to showcase a body of work by a promising designer that might otherwise never see the light of day,” McCarroll said in the museum’s press release. “It’s healthy for artists to experience being ‘judged’ and see where he or she is situated in the whole scheme of things. It also feels great to be recognized for the many hours of hard work and passion that get poured into every single garment.”

The designs will be modeled by professionals from the Wilhemina Agency. NoelSy Salon will style the models’ hair and Lagos will select complementary jewelry.

The event will be catered and feature music provided by the Italian Consulate of Philadelphia. Awards will be announced around 8 p.m., and the top designers will be given cash prizes and jewelry from Lagos.

Click here to see PhilaU student Andrew Van Sant interviewed by CW Philly for a report on the exhibit and the upcoming design contest.

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