The Art Institute of Philadelphia Fashion Students Design Mummers Costumes
October 29, 2015
(Philadelphia, October 2015) Each New Year’s Day, Philadelphia holds the Mummers Parade, a folk festival where local clubs compete in one of four categories: comics, fancies, string bands and fancy brigades. The parade features elaborate costumes and sets, and fashion students at The Art Institute of Philadelphia had the opportunity to design the Captain’s suit for the Greater Overbrook String Band.
The Greater Overbrook String Band had the idea to partner with a local fashion design school to work on a two-part project: a design competition for the Captain’s suit and executing dancers’ costumes. In July, Captain “Wild Bill” Razzano of the Greater Overbrook String Band came to The Art Institute of Philadelphia in one of his past Captain suits to discuss the design competition with the students. The designs are kept secret until January 1, but the Captain’s suit is one-of-a-kind and made specifically for that Captain.
Nine students entered, and Briana Bailey, a student in the Bachelor of Science in Fashion Design Degree Program, won first prize. Her design will be produced by a professional manufacturer for Captain “Wild Bill” Razzano. Briana also received $100 from the Greater Overbrook String Band, and she and The Art Institute of Philadelphia will be noted in the international Mummers guide that will be sent out in 2016. The second and third prize winners received gift certificates, and the 9 participating students received a band t-shirt. The Advanced Draping Class is currently working on the dancers’ costumes.
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