FIDM's FashionClub.com recently challenged FIDM Fashion Design Students to upcycle thrift store gowns into prom dresses, to feature this season's prom trends on FashionClub.com. The students who participated included: David Lee, Danica Ybanez, Angie Martinez, Jarret Levin, and Lizbeth Robles.
We sat down for a Q&A and with Fashion Club Art Director Harriet Grant:
Q: How did you come up with the idea for the story?
A: I am a huge Project Runway fan (Tim Gunn is my hero), so I thought it would be really fun to create a Project Runway-style prom challenge for our student designers. For the challenge itself, I was inspired by the 1980s classic movie Pretty In Pink; Molly Ringwald's
character is on a tight budget so she upcycles a vintage pink dress into a prom dress.
Q: What was your favorite thing about working with the fashion design students?
A: I loved everything about working with the students! Their energy, creativity, and enthusiasm was inspiring. They really had fun with the challenge and it was so exciting to see their designs become reality.
Q: Anything else you'd like to share?
A: I just love the idea of taking an old garment and giving it a new life. I thought all the designers did an excellent job transforming their vintage dresses into something fashion-forward and definitely prom-worthy.
"The Class Act" prom look, inspired by Grace Kelly
Designer: FIDM Fashion Design Student Danica Ybanez
Model: Katie Jones