Two fashion design students presented their work at the Designers’ Premier show at New York Fashion Week on Feb. 10. Kelsey Fickes ’18 and Kaelin Wilcher ’18 opened the program at the Stewart Hotel and were the only student collections featured in the show of up-and-coming designers.
“It was an unforgettable experience,” Fickes said. “Seeing my collection walk out on the runway after all of the long hours put into creating every garment was truly an unreal feeling. There was such a rush of energy when everything came together so beautifully.”
Her collection was inspired by decaying manors that evoke the imagination of enchantment. The collection of casual and nighttime looks used hand-dyed denim, pleated chiffon and a textured jacquard made by textile design student Madeline Halsey ’18 to tell the story of deconstruction and rebirth of new beauty.
Wilcher’s collection, “Hollow,” was inspired by the satirical artwork of Aubrey Beardsley. He said his bold looks focused on the topic of racism and explore what it means to feel “other in a Caucasian-centric world.” He collaborated with textile design student Sam Russo ’18 on the floral jacquard and alumna Morgan Jefferson ’17 on the textured knit.
“This is a milestone that very few designers ever get to achieve, let alone student designers,” said Carly Kusy, fashion design instructor at Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University), noting they each showed five looks. “It’s a really exciting moment for them and a proud moment for faculty as well. We’re always blown away at what our students design. The level of quality, sophistication and creativity we see from them grows every year.”
Another group of Jefferson students presented at New York Fashion Week as part of the Epson Digital Couture Project. Read more here.