The globally-recognized Pratt Institute tasked undergraduate fashion students at its Brooklyn, New York, campus to reinvigorate the form, function, and design of knitwear as fine art for an exhibition titled Organic Matter: Woven Artwear by Pratt Fashion. The exhibit bedecked the windows at Neiman Marcus Downtown Dallas in April. Organic Matter premiered at Ralph Pucci International's Gallery Nine in Manhattan. "We're open to giving kids a break and a stage," offered Pucci, a Pratt Institute Trustee renowned for his inimitable mannequins, some bearing the likeness of international models such as Christy Turlington, Gisele, Veruschka, and others. Pucci, also known for his lighting, furniture, and sculpture company, partnered with Pratt to develop Organic Matter.
According to Pucci, the project has been a "gigantic success." Working closely with the Institute's Fashion Chair Jennifer Minniti and Assistant Professor Susan Cianciolo, they selected top projects that included two Texas residents - Meghan O' Sullivan of Spring and Kate Sullivan of the Woodlands. Each of the 27 works included were selected for their innovative approach to knitwear. The students worked exclusively with neutral-colored yarn to complement Pucci's classic MANNEQUIN collection in matte grey.