By Nadine Kam
Nadine Kam photos
This "Dark Shadow" dress was created by one of the national undergraduates participating in the International Textile and Apparel Association's 2012 Creative Design Competition, part of the ITAA's 12th annual conference, that took place at the Marriott Waikiki Beach Spa & Resort last week. The dress comprises 70 yards of tulle.
The International Textile and Apparel Association brought its 2012 conference, "No One is an Island" to the Marriott Waikiki Beach Spa & Resort Nov. 13 through 17, bringing 500 fashion academics to share industry knowledge and innovations, plus designs by undergraduates, graduate students and faculty.
Living so far from major land masses, I think we do suffer from isolation, so it's great to have this kind of national connection and reality check to see how our own college students and faculty measure up to other work being done across the country. It's one thing to read or see what designers are doing elsewhere. It's quite another to feel the garments, see them up close and see their construction, and talk about what's next.
In an earlier post, I talked about judging the competition's Creative Design Competition, and a fashion show that took place Nov. 16 offered the opportunity for participants to see the garments move down the runway. Photos shown here are from the attention-getting undergraduate category of the competition. Other designs that did not make the runway were featured in a mounted exhibition.
"Film Noir" Hollywood glamour-inspsired gown made of VHS tapes that have outlived their original use.
"Medusozoa" jellyfish-inspired dress of plastic woven netting with polyester lining.
"Coral Reef" featuring vinyl cutwork, machine-made lace, beadwork, jersey knit and batik cotton.
"Corporeal Extensions" cocktail dress aiming to expand on traditional pattern-making and draping techniques.
This dress is entitled "Racism Embued," communicating the experience of living in a thorny world.
"Imeldific Dress" inspired by a 1775 Jean-Baptiste Gautier Dagoty painting of Marie Antoinette's coronation dress, designed for a woman who knows how to make an entrance.
"Uncaged" comprises recycled felted sweaters to create a cage overlay strung on metallic thread.