The making of the 2016 Pratt Institute Fashion Design Show
The 2016 Pratt Institute Fashion Show featured eighteen graduating students who were chosen by faculty and a panel of industry experts to present their final thesis collections for the show. The designers presented eight to thirteen looks per collection, putting their distinct concepts and visions on display. “I was really impressed. I thought there were some great, great collections,” said Fern Mallis, creator of New York Fashion Week, after the show.
Honoring Harold Koda
The 2016 fashion show honored Harold Koda with the Pratt Fashion Award for Lifetime Achievement. Koda was the Curator in Charge of The Costume Institute at The Metropolitan Museum of Art from 2000 to 2016. While Curator at the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute, Koda oversaw the transfer of the Brooklyn Museum’s Costume Collection to The Metropolitan Museum of Art in 2009 and the renovation and reopening of The Costume Institute’s space as the Anna Wintour Costume Center in 2014. Koda's exhibits at the Met included included Goddess (2003), Dangerous Liaisons (2004), Poiret: King of Fashion (2007), Schiaparelli and Prada: Impossible Conversations (2012), Charles James: Beyond Fashion (May 2014), and Jacqueline de Ribes: The Art of Style (2015).
In his acceptance speech, Harold Koda shared a piece of advice with graduating students and audience members, as quoted on Vogue.com:
“The one thing I think every student should know and feel in this moment where the whole fashion industry is undergoing some extraordinary, seismic shifts . . . is that if you look back, you should be able to say that at every moment in your career, you were doing something you loved,” he said. “Fame and fortune, they’re very nice. A really glamorous Instagram account is really nice. But that’s not what you’re going to find satisfying. What you’re going to find satisfying is that your career is based on passion. You might get fame, you might get fortune, you might even get a selfie with Kanye. But that’s all gravy.”
2016 Liz Claiborne Awardee: Jihyun Kim
After the show's finale, graduating senior Jihyun Kim was recognized with the “Liz Claiborne Award – Concept to Product,” a $25,000 award funded by the Liz Claiborne & Art Ortenberg Foundation. The award was given to support Kim’s creative entrepreneurial activities and help cover the costs of developing a collection after graduation.
Runway models are selected based on their measurements, how they match with each the designer’s collections, and how they walk. Around fifty female and ten male models were hired for the 2016 fashion show. Each model walked for multiple designers.
After models are selected, student designers do final fittings for their collections. Final fittings are an opportunity for designers to fully understand the process of preparing a collection for runway.
The final line-up for run of show is based on which looks work on which models. This is predominantly determined by size and fit but sometimes the features and style of the model as well. Photos are taken of the models wearing each look that they'll wear and added to a line-up board back stage to organize the order.
The 2016 Jury Panel consisted of guests invited from the fashion industry including designers Gabi Asfour, Adam Selman, Mike Eckhause, Zoe Latta, Laura Kim, Fernando Garcia, Flora Gill, Kai Avent-Deleon, Sonia Stagg, and Neil Gilks. The panel also included writers and editors from a variety of fashion press outlets such as ELLE, Fashionista, Vogue, The Cut, W Magazine, and Refinery29.
Exhibit designed and edited by Etta Sandry, Assistant to the Chairperson, Pratt Institute Fashion Design 2016-2017.