Philadelphia University’s fashion design students wowed the packed Downs Hall Auditorium at the 2010 Design X Fashion Show, “A Fashion Epidemic,” Jan. 26, pushing creative boundaries from the fantastical to the sublime.
Featuring an array of work inspired by nature, foods and trash, the show included dresses made of trash bags, shower curtains, and insulation, among other unconventional materials.
A few highlights of the show were pieces inspired by garlic, the Dominican Republic, Philadelphia’s underground subway system, falling rocks and the rainbow fish.
Always an exciting and visually stimulating event, Design X, produced by Fashion Industries Association (FIA), features experimental designs constructed from innovative materials that would not typically be used for clothing, such as garbage bags, repurposed clothing and videocassette tape.
Students in a fashion design problem-solving class pushed the limits of their creativity and used donated materials, products bought at Home Depot and thrift stores, and recycled plastics and fabrics to create their designs.
Fashion design student Bianca Depietro told 6ABC Action News Reporter Lisa Thomas-Laury that one of her pieces – made of plastic bags, wax paper and spray paint – was inspired by the coatings of a spiny oyster.
If you missed the show yesterday, view 6ABC’s coverage of Design X.