Breaking the Pattern: Project raises awareness of breast cancer
Student designers at Stephens College again this year had the chance to dream up, create and now display pink dresses made from non-traditional materials.
The School of Fashion & Design's annual "Breaking the Pattern" design exercise shows community support for Breast Cancer Awareness while challenging those enrolled in the Creating Sustainable Communities course a chance to work with recycled goods.
Students had just two weeks to design and create the dresses before presenting them to a faculty judge late last month. Six selected designs are being installed in windows of downtown shops and will stay up through October, which is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
This year, selected dresses were made from unusual items, including shoe parts, leaves and shower curtains.
“It’s an engineering feat,” said Tina Marks, who teaches the course.
Senior Melinda Thiedig made her dress from roughly 600 wine and Champagne corks wired together to make a skirt and top featuring the iconic pink ribbon.
That dress is now on display, along with the leaf-themed dress created by Junior Audrah Davidson, at Tallulah’s downtown.
Students in a Visual Merchandising course were responsible for working with store owners and setting up the window displays. Juniors Becky Saunders and Madison Moore created the Tallulah’s window display, which also featured cookbooks, baking pans and other items from the store.
“I love the creativity,” Tallulah’s co-owner Mary Stauffer said. “It’s always fun to see what they come up with.”
Although the displays will come down next month, the designers aren’t done with the dresses. This spring, a professional Jury will judge the pink dresses, and the top designs will be modeled at the annual student designer fashion show, The Collections.
See photos from the 2013 pink dress project here.
Emily Collette, a senior in Marks’ class, is majoring in documentary filmmaking and was allowed to film the project in lieu of creating a dress. Watch her film about the project below: