Slideshow: Electrifying Design X 2013

The Design X 2013 theme was “Electric,” and the runway show plugged into the mega-wattage creativity of Philadelphia University fashion designers as they brought exotic garments to life using everyday items.

The annual Design X show challenges fashion design students to push the boundaries and create fresh and interesting designs using a wide range of non-traditional materials, ranging from pool noodles to plastic utensils. Each year, the best out-of-the-box designs are featured in a runway show produced by the student group Fashion Industries Association.

The Feb. 5 fashion show featured 26 student designs, each incorporating unusual elements to surprising effects. Materials used in the designs included tissue paper, plastic bags, shredded banners, comic books, foam, drinking straws, zippers, bubble wrap, colored paper and the aforementioned plastic forks, knives and spoons. See all the designs from this year’s show in the accompanying slideshow.

Each design in the show was produced as part of a fashion design problem-solving course, which challenges student designers to re-use, recycle and re-purpose materials into sustainably sourced garments, said Clara Henry, director of PhilaU’s fashion design program. By taking leftover or unused items and converting them into wearable clothing, the designers learn to think creatively, using unconventional materials to create truly striking garments.

Design X 2013 was featured this week on 6ABC news: Click here to view the video.

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