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Portfolio in Motion 2012: Magical Fashions Showcased and Eileen Fisher Honored

Wednesday, May 09, 2012
On May 3, Marymount University’s Portfolio in Motion 2012 fashion show brought the runway to life with sophisticated and innovative student-designed garments showcased in an ethereal Gilded Forest production. The magical theme was the perfect backdrop to highlight the imagination, artistry, and talents of fashion design students and recent alumni.
For Portfolio in Motion 2012 photos, see the collection on Flickr.

The jury-selected designs were modeled to their best advantage by Marymount students from across the University in the elaborate and professional production created by the fashion merchandising students. Set design, lighting, music, and choreography all contributed to the magical atmosphere of the show that perfectly showcased the inspired fashions. The show included garments for every lifestyle and occasion from cruise wear to the red carpet.

The special guest of Portfolio in Motion was Eileen Fisher, who was named Marymount University's 2012 Designer of the Year. This honor is presented annually to a fashion designer who has achieved excellence in the field and has captured the imagination of both the fashion industry and the public. Ms. Fisher was recognized for the simple elegance and comfort of her clothing and for her commitment to fair labor practices and a sustainable, collaborative business model. Past recipients of the award, given annually at the show, include Carolina Herrera, Michael Kors, Oscar de la Renta, and Isabel Toledo.

After watching the production, Ms. Fisher told the audience, "What a great show! It’s inspiring to see the work of young talent -- the creativity, the inspiration, the use of great color! In fact, I realized that five of us arrived from New York today all wearing black! We’re going to be inspired by the use of color we saw in the show."

Committed to running her company in a socially conscious manner, Ms. Fisher pointed out, “Fashion companies can do a lot of good. It makes a difference what fabrics we choose and how the garments are made – if they’re organic, whether we use less toxic dyes and, especially, how workers are treated.” She continued, “We need designers to step forward and make a difference – to think about the environment and the workers. After seeing the show tonight, I think they [the next generation of designers] are up to the challenge.”

The next morning, Eileen Fisher and one of her young designers, Katherine Yoder, reviewed the senior design students’ portfolios. Ms. Fisher told the students to “put yourselves out there. Approach companies that interest you…. There’s room for different aesthetics. Find the right fit for you – what you’re passionate about.”

In a question-and-answer session with all the Marymount fashion students, Mandy Meakim ’97, a Fashion Merchandising alumna who has been with EILEEN FISHER for 10 years, joined Fisher and Yoder on stage. The three gave MU students advice about all sides of the fashion industry – helping them to envision their own way into the field.

The following fashion design students received awards at Portfolio in Motion 2012:
- Christina English ’12 – The Portfolio in Motion Award, The NAMSB Foundation Arthur H. Taylor Award for Excellence in Menswear Design, and the Fashion Group International Merit Scholarship
- Carrie Robertson ’12 – Best Senior Line of 2012
- Alexandra (Sacha) Kinser ’13 and Si-Jin Joo ’14 – Trailblazing Competition Awards

For the first time, fashion design alumni participated in the show. They were:
Noor Al Khalifa ’10 and Haya Al Khalifa ’10 – Noon by Noor – www.noonbynoor.com
Claudia M. Hosky ’09 – Yarngasm, Button Me Down – www.etsy.com
Kelly Morgan ’07 – Coquetta
Chantney Stuckey ’10 – Chantney Renese – www.chantneyrenese.com
Kelly Tang ’11 – www.thekellytang.com
Yul Taylor (Sokolova) ’04 – Craig Taylor, Yul Taylor – www.craigtaylor.com

PHOTO CAPTIONS: Photos by Leslie Kossoff/LK Photos (unless otherwise noted)
PHOTO 1 – designer Jenny Ong ’12; model Gabriela Skura ’14, a Fashion Merchandising major

Eileen Fisher is presented with the Marymount University 2012 Designer of the Year Award by Dr. Matthew D. Shank, president of Marymount.

PHOTO 3 – designer Kendra McCullough ’12; models Trayvion Terrell ’15 (center), a Fashion Merchandising major; Olivia Fedor ’13 (right), a Criminal Justice, Forensic Science major; Jordan von Lange ’13 (left), a Fashion Merchandising major; and Chelsea Connestro ’14 (background), a Fashion Merchandising and Communication double major

PHOTO 4 – designer Christina English ’12; model Remy Torrico Melgar ’13, a Sport Management major

PHOTO 5 (by Matt Dunham)– designer Carrie Robertson ’12; model Gabriela Skura ’14, a Fashion Merchandising major