Not everything worked, of course, but these are young people who are learning, and as recent thought has suggested, failure may be more important to success than previously understood. Still, there were several admirable pieces. Carly Hamer of Columbia College created pieces with swoops of beige and taupe-colored material to offer contemporary designs that look simultaneously contemporary and art deco. I also liked the floaty desert-wear dresses by Columbia’s Nicole Johnson.
Sadly I didn’t get any good pictures of SAIC student Bonnie Alayne’s sumptuous dresses, including some gowns with voluminous, exaggerated empire-waist skirts of textured material that looked like wool, topped with lace bodices—medieval peasant chic. (You can see them toward the middle of the page here.) Marta Cebrat, who also makes jewelry, showed Egyptian-inspired column dresses shot through with panels of bright color.