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12 Art Institutes Designers Put Their Best Fashion Forward

By: Rachel Handel Filed under: Fashion

February 5, 2015

Mercedes Benz Fashion Week

For fashion enthusiasts, New York City’s Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week is a can’t miss event. While many enjoy the show from the sidelines, few will ever know the excitement of seeing their designs on the runway.

But for 12 students and alumni of The Art Institutes system of schools, that time is now. They’ve beaten out the competition—their fellow Art Institutes’ students and grads from our campuses across North America—and earned the opportunity to create a collection to be shown during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, February 17, at Lincoln Center in NYC.

Stream the show live at 8PM on Tuesday, February 17. Find out how—and get the date on your calendar!

They’ll debut Fall/Winter 2015 collections, representing their vision, innovation, and passion for creativity. And they’ll do it on a premier stage in front of celebrities, fashion elite, and potential employers. 

Their path to Fashion Week wasn’t an easy one; it involved submitting sketches, inspiration boards, and garments to a panel of fashion industry experts for judging:

David Siedlarczyk - designer, Calvin Klein Men's Intimates

Thuy Diep - fashion designer and entrepreneur, principal at wFOURTH/Creative + Consulting

Douglas Hannant – co-founder, designer Douglas Hannant

Daniela Anastasio Bardazzi – creative director, Etienne Aigner 

The winners were closely mentored by faculty and staff in the fashion programs at The Art Institutes, as they faced tough deadlines while learning the ropes of the fashion industry first-hand. 

The Art Institutes’ ongoing partnership with Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week is now in its fourth season. It provides these designers with the defining opportunity to put their best fashion forward—down the runway. 


Meet the Designers

Fashion design is about more than creativity. Before a design can come to life, designers read forecasting trend reports, experiment with fabrics, create sketches, make patterns, and sew garments. And while seasons may have similarities from year to year, each walk down the runway has the potential to unveil something new and innovative. 

The Art Institutes’ partnership with Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week affords student designers the opportunity to move both fashion—and their future careers—forward. So what made these designers stand apart from their peers?

Learn more about them, their creative process, and what inspired them to study fashion design. And see how their fashion education from The Art Institutes system of schools helped them to develop into the creative designers that they are today.



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