For those majoring in fashion design, presentation is everything.
For those majoring in fashion design at BJU, the Fashion Art Exhibit in the Fine Arts Building is everything: four years of hard work finally paying off.
Senior students majoring in Fashion Design will display their creations in the hallways of the Sargent Art Building, where art from various students is usually displayed.
Alyssa Griffith, a senior fashion design major, said the show is a collection from the portfolios of fashion design majors.
“We start learning the basics of it all when we are freshmen,” Griffith said.
“We take outfits and designs from our senior level class, some of the fashion illustrations that we have done. We put it all in this show.”
According to Karen Flora, a member of the Art & Design faculty, the show is the capstone project of fashion design majors.
Students start with construction courses in their freshman year, followed by design courses in their sophomore year.
By the time they are seniors, they have taken plenty of construction and design courses: enough to put some of their creations on display.
“This is their opportunity to showcase their best work, their own creative design, their own professional construction,” Flora said.
Flora said there are many types of work that will be displayed during the exhibit. One is a half-scale mannequin, about half the size of a typical one, wearing a clothing design done to half the scale of the standard size.
The purpose of the half scale design is so the students can be more creative with their designs: creating something they wouldn’t necessarily wear.
Another display is a full-scale outfit displayed on a full-sized mannequin. The remaining style of display that students have an opportunity to see during the exhibit is fashion illustrations, fiber arts projects and other art projects related to fashion.
“The garments made might be made for themselves, be made for someone else or perhaps for nobody.” Flora said. “The exhibit is purely designed to showcase their work.”
The annual exposition has been done since the department’s founding and is highly encouraged for those majoring in fashion design. “It’s for the last semester of our college career,” Griffith said, “We all work together to make it happen.”