The Trend Manufacturing Affiliation’s twenty ninth annual spring style design present will likely be minimize from a unique material this 12 months in mild of the continued pandemic.
On April 17, the scholar group will launch its first lookbook rather than an in-person style present. The lookbook, a digital catalog known as “Intermission: The [Fashion] Present Should Go On,” will showcase the creativity and expertise of the designers and manufacturing staff members in a brand new aesthetically pleasing manner, Lauren Fagan, a fifth-year in style and retail research and member of FPA, mentioned.
“This lookbook will likely be a improbable technique to showcase each a part of not solely the designer’s work, but additionally the work of all the group,” Grace Nanni, a fourth-year in style and retail research and FPA co-president, mentioned.
Nanni mentioned the lookbook will be capable to attain a broader viewers for an extended time period and the multi-dimensional format would enable them to point out extra of the method behind designing a group, relatively than only a mannequin strolling down a runway.
“It’s virtually like a style present the place there are movies and images of the designs, however there’s a extra in depth look into the design course of,” Mariel Trinidad, a second-year in world financial system and enterprise and strategic communications and member of FPA, mentioned. “The lookbook will characteristic completely different sorts of materials that the designers used and the inspirations behind their designs.”
Taylor Wandtke, a fourth-year in style and retail research and member of FPA, mentioned the lookbook will characteristic 11 collections by each teams and unbiased designers based mostly on completely different components they assume match the theme of efficiency in style.
“Our inspiration ended up being from an album cowl of Hozier and the way that had cloth shifting underwater,” Michelle Kerr, a second-year in industrial programs engineering and member of FPA, mentioned. “We actually performed that off in our assortment and I believe due to how broad the theme was, we might try this.”
Nanni mentioned FPA often gives area and supplies to designers, however because of the pandemic, designers had to make use of their very own area and purchase their very own provides along with discovering a videographer and area to movie their work.
“Simply making ready and main as much as it, we positively needed to be extra artistic and work with Zoom, FaceTime and group chats lots,” Kerr mentioned. “However I actually loved with the ability to do the video and photograph shoots and see all of the tools and design aesthetics. I assumed it was a extremely cool technique to make one of the best out of this 12 months in these circumstances.”
Fagan, who’s considered one of this 12 months’s unbiased designers, mentioned she was glad to have the choice to do the present just about this 12 months and hopes that the lookbook will result in extra alternatives like this sooner or later.
“I’m a commuter pupil and I dwell an hour away, so for me it was really tremendous superior to be concerned with a lot this 12 months,” Fagan mentioned. “If it wasn’t for that, I don’t know if I might drive the hour to be part of FPA on our weekly assembly occasions and dates.”
Nanni and Wandtke mentioned though the spring style design present is often a charity occasion, FPA labored with the nonprofit group Costume For Success Columbus all through all the 12 months doing clothes drives and volunteering on the boutique within the Brief North.
In earlier years, FPA hosted a silent public sale with the present, however Nanni mentioned this 12 months FPA plans to have a donation platform on the digital lookbook and a GoFundMe web page the place proceeds will likely be cut up between Costume For Success Columbus and FPA. After elevating $1,000 final 12 months, their objective is at the moment set for $2,500.
The spring 2021 lookbook will launch on the Trend Manufacturing Affiliation’s website and Instagram web page at 7 p.m. April 17. The lookbook is free to view indefinitely, however donations to FPA and Costume for Success Columbus will likely be accepted on their GoFundMe web page.