Pratt Institute’s annual fashion show

May 8, 2015  14:23  |  News

Pratt Institute’s annual fashion show

Photo: Patrick McMullan

Pratt Institute presented a sold out runway show to nearly 400 guests from the fashion industry last night at Center548 in New York City, where Calvin Klein Collection’s Women’s Creative Director Francisco Costa received the 2015 Pratt Fashion Visionary Award. The 2015 Pratt Institute Fashion Show + Cocktail Benefit raised nearly $235,000, with proceeds benefitting Pratt scholarship funds and the Institute’s Department of Fashion.

Actress Rose Byrne, who attended the 2015 Costume Institute Benefit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art with Costa earlier in the week, presented his award. Ms. Byrne wore a forest and black patchwork leather sleeveless dress and forest woven leather sandals from the Fall 2015 Calvin Klein Collection.

Two students’ collections were highlighted during the Fashion Show. Sophie Andes Gascon, who was awarded a scholarship from Cotton Incorporated as part of a junior design competition, debuted the senior thesis collection that the scholarship helped to support. Titled “Miss Coari 1969, 1993,” the inventive collection explores different ways of working with cotton and found materials through the cultural lens of Gascon’s hometown of Manaus, Amazonas.

Graduating senior Claire McKinney was recognized with the “Liz Claiborne Award – Concept to Product,” a $25,000 award that is funded by the Liz Claiborne and Art Ortenberg Foundation that will support McKinney’s creative entrepreneurial activities and help cover the costs of developing a collection after graduation. McKinney’s collection was inspired by nostalgia for the past and desire for the innovative and fresh, which she represented by using denim and unconventional materials to create oversized smock dresses, deconstructed jeans, voluminous white shirts, layered aprons, and jumpsuits.

Gascon and McKinney were among the group of 16 graduating students who were chosen by a panel of industry experts to present their cohesive and progressive collections for the show, titled Laboratory. The designers showed eight to 13 looks per collection, putting their distinct voices on display. A common thread that ran through the collections was student experimentation with unconventional draping, cutting, and construction techniques.                                                                                                                                                                       

Pratt annually honors distinguished individuals in the industry at its fashion show. This year, Pratt chose to honor Mr. Costa for his more than two decades of design excellence in the fashion industry. Past honorees include Stephen Burrows and Byron Lars (2014), Thom Browne (2013), Fern Mallis (2012), Hamish Bowles (2011), Catherine Malandrino (2010), Ralph Rucci (2009), Carmen Marc Valvo (2008), Narcisco Rodriguez (2007), and Diane von Furstenberg (2006).


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