Models, of all shapes and sizes wearing fashions created by apparel design students, walked the runway in front of friends family and fans at last Saturday’s Distortion: University of Minnesota Senior Fashion Show 2011.
The goal of Distortion was to present a series of looks that will alter ideas we have about fashion. Those looks were developed through research, analysis, construction and constructive review as well as, more than likely, a little blood, sweat and tears.
Hosted by Robyne Robinson, a former news anchor now gallery owner and jewelry designer, Distortion was a well-produced, high energy runway show presenting not only fashions created by the senior class but also the works of diamonds-in-the-rough sophomores and juniors.
As for the seniors, their collections consisted of four looks. A variety of styles and points of view were expressed. The collections were cohesive exhibiting sophistication and some experimentation. Some designers chose monochromatic palates like basic black, beige and tan while others chose vibrant colors straight out of the Crayola box. Menswear was also represented as well as lingerie and gowns befitting an American princess.
Fashionistas interested purchasing some the clothes featured on the runway will soon be able to do so at FAB’s online store (www.fabmn.com). FAB, an acronym for “Fashion and Business,” is a new student organization at the University of Minnesota whose aim is to create “a fashion community on campus comprised of students of variety of majors with a fashion for passion” and “to connect student with professionals in the field and local community.”