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Portfolio in Motion: A Visit to an Enchanted Garden

Monday, June 01, 2009
This April, Marymount’s annual student fashion show, Portfolio in Motion, mesmerized audiences with spellbinding designs presented in the dreamlike setting of an “Enchanted Garden.” MU students modeled a bouquet of colorful garments created by seniors in the Fashion Design program, while Fashion Merchandising majors worked their magic through choreography, music, and lighting.

Leila Kirdasi ’10 in a design by Noor Alkhalifa ’10
Alumna Ann Marie Kenney Railing ’90 chaired this year’s fashion show luncheon, and Roxanne Roberts, co-author of the Washington Post’s “Reliable Source” column, served as mistress of ceremonies.

At the show, Peter Som was honored as Marymount University’s 2009 Designer of the Year. Mr. Som is a graduate of Connecticut College and the Parsons School of Design. While at Parsons, he apprenticed with two of America’s most respected designers – Michael Kors and Calvin Klein. After honing his skills in the design room of the legendary Bill Blass, Mr. Som launched his own line at New York’s Fashion Week in spring 2001. Since then, his clean, unfettered yet feminine clothes have been winning accolades from buyers and critics alike. Peter Som’s designs are worn by a new generation of stylish celebrities, including Scarlett Johansson, Claire Danes, Mandy Moore, Maggie Gyllenhaal, and Ginnifer Goodwin.

After the show, Mr. Som reviewed the portfolios of Marymount’s 19 senior designers, offering both praise and practical advice. He told the group, “Think about what area of the industry you’re interested in, and stay open-minded.” He added, “When you’re starting out, working for someone else is important. It can show you a lot, including the business side of this profession.”

Several senior designers received awards at this year’s show. The 2009 Portfolio in Motion Award went to Iwona Kapcia-Paila. The NAMSB Foundation Stanley Heller Award for Excellence in Menswear Design was presented to Maria Bowyer. And four students were recognized with Best Senior Line Awards: Roxelena Butler, best line for a target market; Angela King, best line for draping; Laura Cromartie, best line for coordination; and Elizabeth Lentz, best line for merchandising strategy.