Maine College of Art & Design Prepares for its annual Fashion Show

The 2022 Textile & Fashion Design event will take place both in person and via livestream

Image: Katie Rose Champlin '21

PORTLAND, ME April 22, 2022Maine College of Art & Design (MECA&D) today announced its annual Fashion Show will take place on Friday, May 20, 2022 at 7:30pm. The Fashion Show exhibits and celebrates work created in the College’s Textile & Fashion Design BFA major while also raising funds for student scholarships. 

For the first time in three years the public will be able to attend the Fashion Show in person as well as virtually through a livestream of the event. As a companion to the yearly BFA Thesis Exhibition, The Fashion Show provides an opportunity for students of all levels to show work beyond the gallery. Additional BFA thesis work will also be exhibited in the 2022 BFA Thesis Exhibition, Entwine, which is on view May 20-June 3, 2022.

“The Fashion Show is one of the College’s most anticipated events of the year, so we are very pleased to be able to welcome the public back in for the live event,” said Dr. Laura Freid, president of Maine College of Art & Design. “The talent, passion, and creativity of the designers presenting their work this year is really astounding, and we can’t wait to share it.”

Unique to MECA&D, garments in the show also include the design and creation of the fabrics themselves through techniques such as screen printing, digital textile design, weaving, dyeing, crochet, machine knitting, embroidery, quilting, and appliqué. Textile designs, paired with silhouette and style decisions, communicate stories and concepts from each student. From swimwear to felted mushrooms, students this year have created original work for diverse body types, gender identities, and formats of expression.

“Students in the Textile & Fashion Design program use their mastery of craft to solve design problems,” said Alysha Kupferer, Chair and Assistant Professor of Textile & Fashion Design. “These students are makers who understand the communicative potential and transformative power of textiles as an artistic medium."

Seniors' thesis work in this year's show share themes of nostalgia and consider crossroads, personal growth, environment, and safety. A collection of streetwear investigates the aesthetic response of organic forms to the built environment while a swimwear collection inspired by bodies of water demonstrates unique textile designs on sustainable fabrics. Home, happiness, and personal growth are explored in both a collection of crocheted springtime separates and in a collection of pieced cloaks that are meticulously adorned with personal imagery and journal entries. Outside the show, a bevy of giant, stuffed monsters build a squashy environment to destroy stress and anxiety.

The in-person Fashion Show will take place at the Institute of Contemporary Art at Maine College of Art & Design (522 Congress Street, Portland, ME). Doors will open for VIP ticket holders at 6pm, with general admission at 7pm. Seating is limited in accordance with Maine CDC guidelines, and additional safety guidance will be shared with guests in advance of the event. Virtual tickets for the event livestream are also available for anyone unable to attend in person for the start of the event at 7:30pm.

This event is made possible through the support of the following sponsors: Maine Magazine; Sagamore Hill; Headlight; Bangor Savings Bank; Coffee by Design; WIPFLI; Erin Flett; Jill McGowan; Sugar; PortFiber; Joseph’s of Portland; Plant Office; Allagash; Northern Benefits; UCU; Hanover Insurance Company; USI Insurance Services; and, Harvard Pilgrim Health Care. 

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit meca.edu/fashionshow.

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Maine College of Art & Design (MECA&D, pronounced "Maine College of Art and Design”) has been activating students of all pursuits to make art, make an impact, and inspire change since its founding as Portland School of Art in 1882. Located in Portland's thriving Arts District, students have access to state-of-the-art facilities, 24-hour-a-day studios, a 10:1 student-to-faculty ratio, and a community-based Artists at Work program—making MECA&D the right-sized school in the right-sized city for every student who wants to make their mark and be seen. MECA&D offers BFA Majors and Minors, Graduate Programs, Continuing Studies, Pre-College, and includes the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies and the Institute for Contemporary Art. Follow us at @mecaart.

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