Marymount University’s 2021 Portfolio in Motion (PIM) event, the culminating academic project for Marymount’s Fashion programs and one of the largest student-produced events on campus, will be launched as a virtual film on May 6.
“The theme of ‘Metamorphosis’ was coined by our students in response to the challenging year of 2020,” said Julia Ravindran, Assistant Professor of Fashion Design at Marymount University. “Butterflies represent resurrection, hope, change and growth. The students connected this idea to the reality of the world they’re living in and its effect on the fashion industry – the process of transformation being metamorphosis.”
This year’s fashion show is being planned and produced by eight students in the Fashion Merchandising program, alongside 20 Fashion Design students who have conceptualized garments and created an aesthetically pleasing and functional line of apparel. Students also collaborated with their peers in the Graphic and Media Design program to create this year’s logo and promotional advertisements.
Participating students have the opportunity to see their creativity hit the runway, but are also provided invaluable feedback and career tips by an industry luminary, honored as the Designer of the Year.
The 2021 honoree is Audrey Swanson, owner of the upscale swim and resort wear company, Revel Rey. Swanson founded the company in Washington, D.C., in 2015, and has become an accomplished designer known for one-of-a-kind styles through hand-painted and design prints. The Revel Rey brand is a fashion-forward look, inspired by Swanson’s love for culture and distinctive eye for architecture, and can be found at retail stores around the world, including Saks Fifth Avenue, Anthropology and Neiman Marcus.
Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the event will premiere online on May 6 at 6 pm. The new approach was developed by students and has provided a new perspective on the future of fashion.
“Making PIM digital this year was not just a way for Marymount Fashion to adapt to a one-time pandemic, but an opportunity to grow our presence in a new way with tremendous outreach potential,” Ravindran explained. “The students have put the same dedication and creativity into showcasing their works and talents in an innovative way.”