Student-made fashion takes over Rapson Hall
Lights dim, a soft beat begins to play. A tall, slender girl wearing a bright, draping flowery dress walks slowly out from behind a screen, pauses and strikes a pose to the beat of the music. Seconds later she continues walking, beat pulsing, as more models follow her lead, all striking poses.
The Revel Fashion Show, put on by apparel design students, took place on February 7 in Rapson Hall. The show began with the sophomore contributions. The collection of dresses, suits, and costume wear donned the runway, models posing to the music.
Shortly after, the junior collections came out one by one, going once around the runway. These looks were slightly more elaborate, less ready-to-wear, and more costume-like. After a video montage of the designer’s inspiration and sentiment towards “Revel,” the seniors were ready to show their collections.
Lauren Smith started the show with her 1950’s glamour and pop-art inspired ready-to-wear collection. In her collection, She played on the difference between matte and glossy fabrics. Ariel Warne followed with beachwear inspired by her childhood spent on Lake Superior. Bridget Erl came out with architectural silhouettes inspired by geometric shapes and her recent trip to Italy. Julia Duvall showed her collection that focused on simply lines and minimalist silhouettes for maximum wearability for the customer. After, Allise Prew and Katie Mackereth both showed winter collections, Allise having a more retro feel being inspired by the 1940’s and Katie going for more travel and comfort.
The second half of the show was the stronger half, starting when Lauren Kacher made a statement with her unisex clothing. For her first look, a women walked partially down the runway wearing an outfit, then a man came down wearing the exact same thing, and continued walking the runway together. Her rock grunge collection focused on the textures of decay and deconstruction. One of her inspirations was the crystalline development of natural minerals. It was apparent in some of her pieces, a couple of her jackets featured chunky, shiny, rock shapes on the back.
The second half of the show was the stronger half, starting when Lauren Kacher made a statement with her unisex clothing.
Shortly after, Anna Peshok stole the show with her mediterranean-inspired collection. She created beachy swimwear ensembles made from gorgeous prints and bright colors. It was apparent, even from a distance, that she put a lot of effort into the creation of each, there were intricate details in the construction of each look. One model donned a floor length aqua patterned robe with a elephant print and white and gold one piece suit underneath.
Following this was not an easy feat, but Jared Jurentkuff rose to the challenge when he showed a collection of performance costumes for drag queens and go-go dancers. The mainly black outfits had a pop of red and cutouts to create interest. Next was Giselle Yuer Wei’s collection, surprisingly refreshing with all models standing under 5’5”. It was a change of pace to see shorter models walking down the runway with light and flowing fabrics behind them.
Following this was not an easy feat, but Jared Jurentkuff rose to the challenge when he showed a collection of performance costumes for drag queens and go-go dancers.
After, Tess Ross showed her collection of big, bright dresses that with exaggerated female silhouettes, mainly accentuating the hips. She featured two pink dresses that were bold, but the show-stopper was a shiny gold dress with floor length black tool. Elizabeth Davelaar then wrapped up the show with her bridal looks. At first, the dresses started out white, then off-white, then she came out with a gold dress, and the final dress ended in a dark grey.