Students from the ArtCenter College of Design in Pasadena are mounting an innovative fashion show featuring wearable products and “soft goods” for adults, children and dogs on Friday, April 14, from 7 to 9 p.m.
Design Runway is an exhibition and multimedia runway show that will feature 10 wearable products created by students, said as Associate Professor Justine Parish, faculty director of the Sewing Lab at ArtCenter. Models — both two and four legged — will wear bags, accessories and clothing.
“It really is a personal project for them, because a lot of what they do in their other majors – they do a lot of trans-disciplinary stuff, where they will collaborate with other people in other majors to do things,” Parish says. “So this is really just an outlet for them to have a real-world experience. It doesn’t have to be a runway show, as long as they use the runway in some sort of performance. So they have to do a three-minute performance that includes a movie, and then they have a follow-up trade show display.”
The event, which is free and open to the public, will also feature “soft goods,” that Parish says are not necessarily things that you wear as clothing.
“Soft goods is really anything that’s soft material. For instance, we have a new sewing lab that is not a fashion lab. It supports all majors. So as long as they’re sewing on soft materials – we have transportation design students coming in and sewing interiors for their cars, product design students who are doing bags, and in some other cases they’re combining what they know about soft and hard,” Parish explains. “So there are footwear designers that might be sewing the uppers or even learning how to heat-weld in one of our shops, and then doing 3D-printed molded bottoms. So they’re combining all these worlds together.”
Soft goods design is a growing field and wearable technology has become more and more relevant to human living. Anticipating this demand, the college, which has no fashion degree programs, has launched a new product design specialization where students design footwear, clothing, head wear, equipment, bags and accessories.
“For instance, Product Design has launched a new advanced track that is Wearables and Soft Goods; Illustration has a track that is Surface Design, but these are all final year specializations,” says Parish. “I have a couple of those people in the Design-only class that are designing their own fabrics. And then in some cases, they are art wear, garments that are maybe one of a kind, and in other cases they’re multiple, it really runs the gamut depending on what their interest is.”
ArtCenter sent a list of the students participating in the multimedia show, shown here with their course specialization and the type of exhibit:
1. Rudy Grazziani, Illustration: Artwear Coats
2. Emily Harrington and Shirley Van, Product Design: Apparel and Colors, Materials and Form
3. Liz Eun Kim, Illustration: Artwear Coats
4. Grace Kim, Illustration: Children’s Playwear
5. Wenzhou Liang, Product Design: Bags
6. Jessica Nares, Fine Art: Artwear Coats
7. Henry Song, Product Design: Men’s Separates
8. Myles Tennell, Film: Men’s Jackets
9. Alissa Wang, Product Design: Dog and Owner Outfits
10. Mindy Wang, Product Design: Artwear Coats
For Design Runway, doors at the ArtCenter College open at 7 p.m. and the multimedia presentation begins at 7:30 p.m.
The ArtCenter College of Design is located at 1111 South Arroyo Parkway in Pasadena. Parking is free and available under the building, enter from Glenarm.
For more information, visit www.artcenter.edu/connect/events/design-runway-2017.html.