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Lasell Students Present Runway Show Connecting British Fashion, Autos

November 30, 2012

Visual merchandising students created a runway show featuring garments inspired by 1950's British cars and fashion from the exhibit "Britain Can Make It" at the Larz Anderson Auto Museum in Brookline, Mass. The show, which was held November 29, was a Connected Learning project for students in Professor Anne Vallely's fall semester Visual Merchandising class.

The exhibit illustrates post-war progress in the 1950's through automobiles and fashion, original Guinness advertising art and technical drawings, all on display at the museum. "Britain Can Make It" was curated by Vallely and served as a backdrop for the runway show produced by 50 Lasell students from the class.

Students created more than 20 non-textile garments for the runway show inspired by the automobiles in the exhibit to further promote the relationship between fashion and cars. The show's models were also members of Vallely's Visual Merchandising class.

At the conclusion of the event two garments were selected as "Best in Show "and will remain on display at the museum. The winning design by Rebecca Stanton 13' and Taylor Sudalter, 14', inspired by the Austin Healey 100, was handmade with fishing wire, red pony beads, zip ties and electrical tape. The winning design by Lasell sophomores Rachel Kiessling and Pamela Kivi was created with various plastic products with cheetah print accents.

"The show was an amazing opportunity for the students to showcase a semester of hard work and planning. The garments looked great and the entire class was pleased with the outcome of the connected learning project," said Samantha Dalias 13', Student Director of Production for the show.


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