New York—The Art Institutes system of schools raised the bar for its Fall 2014 fashion show by enlisting industry experts including fashion designers John Bartlett, Douglas Hannant and Bonnie Young; Cliodna Egan, senior manager design/research + development, Macy’s Merchandising Group; and Christina Neault, former executive producer of IMG Fashion, to help identify the brightest fashion stars of tomorrow.
The Art Institutes Fall 2014 fashion show is one of only two shows during Fashion Week that includes alumni designs. The Art Institutes system of schools accepted applicants from the 10 largest fashion design programs across its North American system of more than 50 schools. Thirteen student and alumni designers were selected to present their Fall 2014 capsule collections during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, which will be held at Lincoln Center February 6 to 13, 2014.
The Art Institutes Fall 2014 show may just be the most diverse group show assembled for Fashion Week. A former Marine, a carpenter and an architect are three of this season’s standouts, all of whom switched careers to pursue their true passions at Art Institutes schools. Gustavo Alonso, Luis Aponte, Joshuan Aponte, Lauren Barisic, Lorena Cabrera, Anna Charest, Samuel Ciccone, Michael Doyle, Ryan Edmonds, German Madrigal, Christopher Maracha, Rei Yamamoto and Simone Young will have the extraordinary opportunity to present their collections alongside some of the fashion industry’s biggest names.
“A talented group of fashion industry professionals generously provided their expertise to select the 13 designers who will be a part of The Art Institutes Fall 2014 show at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week,” said Charles Restivo, interim president of The Art Institutes. “We are excited to present a show that highlights the exceptional talent and creativity The Art Institutes students and alumni offer.”
The Art Institutes is a system of more than 50 schools located throughout North America. The Art Institutes schools provide an important source of education for design, media arts, fashion and culinary professionals. www.artinstitutes.edu