In a world that’s still unsure about whether to keep producing fashion videos to present a collection or throw an in-person fashion show instead, the Fashion Institute of Technology opted for the coveted in-between. Pre-recorded videos showing the garments in context preceded a rather old-fashioned show staged at the college’s theatre. This way, the audience could have a glimpse at the designer’s creative vision before appreciating the clothes’ textures and movement in the much more general context of the fashion presentation.
As with most graduate shows, collections were extremely varied. Sean Patrick’s Rococo-inspired hyper-feminine clothing followed Kristen Xiaolin Wu’s fusion of Western and Eastern equestrian cultures before a unique ensemble of socially-critical collections hit the stage, with Wenwen Leire reinvigorated traditional garments in between. The show offered an open platform for designers to show off their individual talent through their respective work.
“Everyone has a unique story, and I think that has a lot to do with the identity crisis we are facing,” says He Zhu, one of this year’s FIT fashion graduates. Each one of the 13 graduates was able to tell that very own distinctive story, all linked through a shared unbound creative spirit that acted as a common thread for such an eclectic fashion display.