After a grueling week of almost 200 BFA graduating students showing their fashion thesis collections at Parsons The New School for Design I've amassed thousands of photos of incredible design work. I can't even call it student work because there is such maturity and complete thought process behind every piece that some of these graduates are ready to contribute to leading design teams around the world.
This year I'm starting with one of the most colorful and inventive collections so far. It is designed by Jovana Mirabile in the senior thesis classes of Max Wilson and Caroline Simonelli. I have a soft spot for color and am perfectly aware how hard it is to work with so much color, print and embroideries, but Jovana made it work. Her collection is inspired by technology and the interaction with the human body. Her prints are designed after looking at x-ray, MRI and pet scans. Her fabrics were printed with the sustainable technology at AirDye, which does not use water to print and thus contributes preserves millions of gallons of clean water.
On some of the textiles and for the handbags Jovana used Angelina fibers which are heat reactive and bond to each other in any shape you create. When heat is applied to them they change color and create a stiff surface. Needless to say Jovana Mirabile picked the bright neon colors and mixed them together for rainbow effects as seen on the skirt above.
The prints were created to change color under black light (UV light) as shown above.
Jovana's talents were also recognized in the accessory area. She was one of the winners who had their shoes made by the Italian Polytechnic school which created the actual footwear from her sketches.
The handbags were all handmade and beaded by Jovana . The right one features the Angelina fibers melted and bonded on a hard structure. Some of these bags were created in my Accessory Design class, but honestly I didn't have to do much except encourage her and be amazed at her ingenious ideas.
All photos by Aneta Genova