“Past Principles” – SRISA Fashion Show Spring 2014

Past Principles

Fashion is at once contemporary and anachronistic; a constant recycling of style, fit, fabric, and form. SRISA’s 2014 fashion show features clothing from one of the most important moments in garment history: the 20th Century, also known as the century of designers. SRISA and WashU Fashion students have re-interpreted each of the decades with a contemporary and innovative eye.

Draped Elegance

Fashion Illustration students challenged themselves by creating dresses out of simple scarves. The inspiration is derived from the 30's style, with the glamorous white evening dress, and the influence of art in fashion. Elsa Schiapparelli's work is the starting point for a collection that plays with artists such as Jackson Pollock and Georgia O'Keefe. All the pieces are hand-sewn and hand-painted.

Decades Fashion

Design students from Washington University in St. Louis created garments based on their investigation o a specific decade between 1920 and 1990. Thanks to the experience of an entire semester visiting trade shows, fashion museums, and Milan fashion week, served as inspiration for capturing the essence of each decade and elaborate it with a fresh and personal vision.

Behind the Picket Fence

The collection, an independent study by WashU student Sarah Ettinger, references 1950's advertising pin-up girls, and the American suburban housewife. Using a diverse range of colors and fabrics, this collection both references and reinvents the 1950's. Fun and flirty while maintaining an air of sophistication Sarah epitomizes the image of midcentury femininity.