Seed Student Design Challenge Kicks Off StyleWeek

Seven young designers from Mass Art in Boston created sustainable fashion.

Brick Chapman’s design. Photo by Myke Yeager.

Plastic, chopsticks and zip ties, oh my! These are just a few of the materials used in last night’s ninth annual StyleWeek Seed Student Design Challenge. Tasked with creating sustainable fashion, seven young designers from Mass Art in Boston were given the opportunity to kick off StyleWeek and highlight their expertise and ingenuity.

The first avant garde look came from the creative mind and talented hands of Brick Chapman, who repurposed large hunks of black plastic into her own version of a (not so) little black dress. The blend of the bulky train, Black-Swan-like makeup, high hair and knee-high boots was every bold-dresser’s dream.

Chuxin “Teresa” Shi’s chic design was the next to float down the runway. And float it did; made from strategically placed strips of black trash bags that fluttered with the cadence of the model’s steps plus clear bubble wrap that allowed for a peek of leg in the front, we could see many a young woman scrambling for such a maxi dress come prom season.

Chuxin “Teresa” Shi’s design. Photo by Myke Yeager.

Shirley Inocente then shook up the program with a much shorter hem and a much brighter palette, using seemingly dyed cotton pads in shades of blue, green and purple (is anyone else getting Rainbow Fish vibes?) to bestow her model with a figure-flattering fit.

Shirley Inocente’s design. Photo by Myke Yeager.

Hanfu Xiao followed with a stylish and modern asymmetrical design, layering the model with what appeared to be white and black cardboard variations and tying it off (literally) with a thick braided rope to help define the waist.

Hanfu Xiao’s design. Photo by Myke Yeager.

Edna Cherry then turned heads with an all-white ensemble masterfully assembled from thin tubes and zip ties, a futuristic look that could have easily come straight from Lady Gaga’s closet.

Edna Cherry’s design. Photo by Myke Yeager.

Bringing us back down to earth, Matthew Knight next showcased his bamboo-forest-reminiscent arrangement, complete with a frayed emerald skirt and a headpiece constructed from chopsticks.

Matthew Knight’s design. Photo by Myke Yeager.

Finally, Jacqueline Mones closed out the show by lighting up the runway. Not only did the mix of champagne and silver materials sparkle in and of themselves, but the skirt of the dress hid a sting of lights which allowed the model to positively radiate as she made her ascent.

Jacqueline Mones’ design. Photo by Myke Yeager.

Following the runway debuts, a live panel of judges (made up of StyleWeek sponsors and local industry insiders) then praised each of the student designers for their imaginative and resourceful creations before tallying the votes for the night’s victor. Brick Chapman’s industrial design took that title as well as the $1,000 prize.

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