The 14 graduating seniors in the St. Kate’s Apparel, Merchandising and Design program distinguished themselves beyond just their record-setting number this spring.
The group turned an innocent question from President Roloff – “could you make me something purple?” into a client-driven capsule collection that was unveiled at the student-led Fashion Association’s annual showcase, Katwalk, May 18. President Roloff commissioned the students to create four looks for her and covered the costs of the designs, as well as donated to the student club.
Anupama Pasricha, AMD department chair and professor, invited Roloff to class for a discussion about her aesthetic and preferences – from fabrics to zippers vs buttons to what designers she currently favors.
“It was a great opportunity and challenge for students,” said Pasricha. “Fitting a real body, delivering a quality product and making sure the client is happy gave our students a real world experience.”
Students took up the challenge with enthusiasm, creating sketches, fabric swatches and even a Pinterest board to fine tune their interpretations of the President’s aesthetic. The fabrics and colors were inspired by distinguishing elements of St. Catherine University, including the rose window in Our Lady of Victory Chapel.
Once their client weighed in, adjunct professor Carol Mager helped students to take the President’s measurements and create the looks in muslin to fine tune fitting and style choices. Final fittings were done about a month later.
The evening of Katwalk, in front of an appreciative throng, the president was the first down the runway to model one of the looks in the capsule collection that designers and Roloff titled, Emergence. Incorporating modern, classic and yet bold silhouettes, the collection embraced Roloff’s emerging role as President of St. Kate’s with a quintessential style.
“Katwalk was one of this year’s student highlights for me,” said Roloff. “The creativity, energy and drive they brought to the fashion design process showed on the runway and in the quality of the looks they displayed.”
The sold out event also featured a VIP reception with President Roloff (where she wore a cocktail dress from the Emergence collection) and was followed by a dessert reception and opportunity for a close-up view of the evenings’ designs.
Here’s a slideshow of the seniors’ looks (all photos by Rebecca Zenefski '10, By Rebecca Studios LLC).
Amjad Abdulhafeez's Shalkey is a ready-to-wear collection of modern evening wear inspired by traditional Saudi Arabian women’s dress.
Anwair Alameer's Mini Me collection is Spring/Summer 2017 ready-to-wear for women and children, inspired by the relationship between a mother and her child.
Bushra Alghamdi's Sorbet is a Spring/Summer 2017 ready-to-wear women’s collection. It uses fine fabrics in bright citrusy colors.
Anwar Alsubhi's SAHARA collection is a way of spreading light and music to connect to the glamorous Arabic culture. The colors represent the aura of the night and the extravagant parties.
Samantha Alvarez's Vendetta was inspired by her interest in delving into her ancestral background and researching elements from tailored Matador fashion, and photographs of Spanish women that evoked emotions such as romanticism, passion and fierceness.
Muruj Azhar's inspiration comes from nature. Her aesthetic is simple and feminine. The colors in Luminescence represent classic women who are modern, elegant, timeless and fit for a ball.
Maria Dang's Heirloom is formal women’s wear inspired by her cultural roots. Maria grew up in the United States with refugee parents from Vietnam. Her collection aims to meld American and traditional Vietnamese elements with a modern twist, through the Vietnamese 'ao dai'.
Alexandra Jade's Eden is inspired by the origin of love; a garden of divine abundance. Intrigued by luxe natural fabrics, she chose many delicate silks with rich hues to illustrate her vision.
Hannah Johnson’s collection Intrepid is a F/W 17’ menswear and women’s wear line inspired by living in Minnesota and London. Her influences include the natural elements of northern Minnesota where she grew up and the urban, edgy, geometric, ever-changing cityscape of London.
Kathleen Moua's Women Who Dare is a Fall/Winter business casual to formal line for women under the average petite height of 5'2 and intends to break with norms of what they should and should not wear. This collection is bold and daring with classic, and tailored silhouettes.
Briana Turnbull's Bloom is a line of commuter bike-wear designed to make the daily transition from saddle to street as seamless as possible for the style conscious cyclist. She created it after conducting extensive research on the market for her senior Antonian Honors project.
Conna Vue's Nostalgia is dedicated to the memory of her dad and it portrays the style of a mature woman who is still young at heart. Her inspiration pulls out different concepts from ballerina silhouettes, yet incorporating unconventional style lines and playful textures.
Yayao Xiong's Modern was inspired by the traditional Hmong dress and its intricate embroidery work, as well as non-traditional monochromatic shades of pinks, mauves, whites and nudes. She manipulates the silhouettes to fit into western dress aesthetic.
Lu Yang's Prism is a young women’s casual to semi-formal Spring/Summer collection. Her inspiration comes from Naoko Takeuchi’s 90’s hit manga series, Sailor Moon, which was turned into an anime in 1992 and rebooted anime in 2012. Her silhouettes are loose fitting and flowy. Prism focuses on light, pastel, and muted colors of Silver Millennium and Crystal Tokyo locations in the anime.
Emergence capsule collection for President Becky Roloff '76.