Students Aim to Alter Perspectives with a Fashion-Meets-Art Experience

The Art Institute and Aveda collaborate on a fashion installation, art experience, and senior showcase.

By Eden Dawn May 31, 2016

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Courtesy of Mark Daniel Muzzy

For 18 years, the fashion design students of the Art Institute have diligently chained themselves to their sewing machines in pursuit of the perfect thesis—a senior collection. It's a process that takes nine months from concept to design, followed by prototyping, refinement, and (fingers crossed) a successful finish. While they task themselves with providing content for what has now become Portland’s longest-running fashion show, students in the Fashion Marketing and Design Management departments work to produce the show from beginning to end, for real-world experience for all.

This year the village behind the fashion show–think design students, an entire event production class taught by well-known fashion show makers Elizabeth Mollo and MaryAnn Escutia, plus longtime show heads Melanie Risner and Sue Bonde–decided to shake it up and leave the traditional runway event behind. Perspectives, a joint effort with the Aveda Institute, is a series of art installations filled with “eco-couture avant-garde dresses.” Alongside the installations, viewers can take in a senior showcase including looks from FashioNXT’s Emerging Designer German Madrigal and one of Portland Monthly’s Oregon Women, V Throngrivong. And, finally, a trunk show rounds out the offerings with clothing and accessories offered by alumni of the fashion program (and fashion show). 

Tickets range from $10 for students to $50 for VIP with proceeds going towards scholarship funds for both Ai and Aveda students.

6:30 p.m. Sunday, June 5
Aveda Institute Portland,
325 NW 13th Avenue
Tickets: $10 students, $25 GA, $50 VIP 

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Courtesy Mark Daniel Muzzy

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