Following a semester-long study of texture and form, students from New York’s Pratt Institute are getting a big payoff as their designs are presented at the New York studio of mannequin-and-furniture dealer Ralph Pucci.
Designed in paper by the school’s fashion, fine arts, and industrial design students, their creations were on display on Pucci’s Spring 2011 “Girl 2' mannequins for a private preview on December 7 and remained for a public exhibition from December 8 to 10.
A panel of judges, including interior designer Vicente Wolf, furniture designer Jens Risom, fashioner designer Anna Sui, and Bergdorf Goodman fashion VP Linda Fargo selected from the 20 paper designs and 4 sculptural pieces and picked the top three garment designs as well as a winning sculpture.
Industrial design student Dana Otto took home the top paper design prize while fashion design students Beatrice Weiland and Meredith Lyon shared second prize honors and interior design student Thom Forsyth bagged bronze. Two other interior design students, Su Ting Chen and Samantha Johnson, snagged the top sculpture award. The winners all received 12-inch mannequins hand-sculpted by Pucci designer Michael Evert in gold, silver, and bronze, respectively, which were presented at an awards ceremony during the private preview at the studio.
The exhibition still has some legs left in it too with Macy’s planning on displaying the designs in their famed New York store windows in January and Pucci’s Paris rep COFRAD Mannequins presenting it at the Euroshop trade show in Dusseldorf, Germany from February 26 to March 2.
by Nicholas Tamarin