Mermaids, Picasso paintings, and the classic white shirt were just some of what inspired designers' collections this year at Drexel University's annual fashion show.
Twenty senior and graduate students showcased five- to seven-piece groupings Saturday at the Urban Outfitters corporate headquarters at the Navy Yard. The presentation was fast-paced, dramatic, and replete with pieces fashioned from designer-made prints.
Big winners included graduate student Ornella Santoni, who won the Carole Hochman Award for Creativity for a seductive collection of intimate apparel - bathing suits, panties, and strapless bras - that boasted strong graphic elements.
Nicole Beckman was awarded the Wolfgang Harbor Promise Now Award for Creativity, Balance, and Wear Now Design for street wear that deftly mixed stripes and squares. Talk about geometric patterns done well.
And senior Madeline Kaplan bagged four design awards for her whimsical and tutu-heavy (who doesn't love a tutu?) children's collection.
Kaplan cinched the Neiman Marcus Award for Best in Show, two awards named after design school benefactor Evelyn Netsky - one was Most Creative and the other Most Salable - as well as the Joan Calabrese Award for Best in Children's Wear.