News Bites: Fashion Studies Students Help Grand Rapids Magazine Turn 50 With a Blast From the Past
Grand Rapids Magazine recently decided to celebrate its 50th anniversary with a retro-themed party that transformed Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts (UICA) into a scene from the swinging 60’s, and they needed some help from KCAD Fashion Studies students to make it happen.
UICA took a trip back in time to the swinging 60's for Grand Rapids Magazine's 50th Anniversary
Sophomores working in the program’s Design/Construction II class created original garments inspired by the fashions of the 1960’s that were staged all around the UICA on dress forms. The students drafted the patterns, made the appropriate fabric selections, constructed the garments, and made final fittings to the dresses so they could be displayed properly.
Fahsion Studies Program Chair Lori Faulkner (right) with Dorothy Dorney (left), who taught the students in the Design/Construction II class
The project was incredibly time-intensive, but the investment was worth it. Having the opportunity to put their designs front and center at a high-profile public gave these students invaluable exposure. As sophomores who are just beginning to develop their own unique design identities, the students used the experience as inspiration to keep honing their skills.
Each of the students’ designs will also be featured in a special article in the August issue of Grand Rapids Magazine. For now, see below for examples of their groovy creativity: