With the theme “Unleashed” for Design X 2012, Philadelphia University fashion designers displayed limitless creativity in an impressive array of garments designed using everything from Styrofoam balls to chicken wire.
The annual Design X show challenges fashion design students to push the boundaries and create fresh and interesting designs using non-traditional materials. Each year, the best out-of-the-box designs are featured in a runway show produced by students in the Fashion Industries Association (FIA).
Design X “Unleashed” showcased 34 designs from 14 designers on Jan. 24 in Downs Hall Auditorium. Each of the garments modeled featured one or more unusual elements or materials, including: cardboard, coffee filters, Plexiglas, bullet shells, newspaper, aluminum foil, twigs, bubble wrap, papier-mâché, tissue paper, streamers, cigarette butts, garbage bags, fishing line and one dress that incorporated 247 zippers.
“We were really happy with the show,” said FIA President Casey Lamke, a senior fashion industries management student. Lamke said that more than 100 students in FIA were involved in producing the show, helping to coordinate everything from the setup to the music, makeup, styles and backstage preparation.
The group decided to forgo the traditional runway in favor of having the models walk through rows of chairs in order to give more people the opportunity to witness the unique garments up close. “Being able to see the designs up close really elevates the show,” Lamke said. “We wanted to come up with something that maximized the space that we had.”
The show also featured a dance routine from the Ramettes dancers prior to the fashion show, a new addition this year.
From the production to the designs, Design X is a yearly reminder of the creative power of PhilaU fashion, and the 2012 show proved to be no exception.