Jell-O Deluxe

Jell-O Deluxe, the entire collection on the runway

Spring Salad Ensemble, modeled by Jo Hatlevig

Spring/Summer Whip, modeled by Sarah Kellogg

Summer Delight, modeled by Kate Lizotte

Fall Relish, modeled by Natalie Jones

Winter Meringue, modeled by JoJo Zeitlin

Posted on: May 3, 2016
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Description

This collection of five garments acts as an update to our current clothing designs to match our society?s evolving lifestyles. The clothing is comprised of fabrics like ripstop nylon, power netting, and other high performance fabrics. These garments do not follow the seasonal trend of muting colors for the colder seasons, but instead provide bright, vibrant colors for the entirety of the year. Several looks feature silhouettes with a built-in hood and flared skirt that is a consistent theme throughout my collection. The functionality of these elements allows for a wide range of movement and comfort, allowing an ease of wear with the convenience of appearing fashionable. My thesis offers an exciting alternative to the mainstream trends through its unconventional materials, exaggerated silhouettes, and unusual color choices; this is the clothing of the modern young woman. Wearing clothing doesn?t have to be a passive, hopelessly boring experience, but instead it should be a feast of color and textural options that make getting dressed inspiring; akin to playing a game.




Allison Bonin

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BFA Student

Major: Textile & Fashion Design

Graduation Year: 2016


Artist Statement:

The clothing I create runs the gamut of radical ready to wear fashion to theatrical costume that breaks societal presumptions about beauty, function, and purpose through the absurdity of its whimsical silhouettes, bright colors, and playful interactivity. Vibrant, unexpected color combinations are paired with intricate design work and unconventional materials to push the boundaries of prejudiced assumptions of wearability and functionality. Bold, larger than life prints and an inventive reinterpretation of classic shapes offers an alternative to mundane everyday apparel, and my costume work offers an inventive and refreshing outlook on classical performance wear. American society persistently constructs skewed interpretations and expectations about beauty and function in clothing. The sole purpose of “fashion” clothing is to flatter the body, enhancing features that play into our hyper sexualized culture. Unfortunately these preconceived notions are so strongly ingrained in our minds that we fall victim to believing these perspectives are the unshared, solitary option for the individual wishing to express themselves. What is being offered to consumers in today’s market is largely lifeless, and I am left starving for a more articulate and striking option. Wearing clothing doesn’t have to be a passive, hopelessly boring experience, but instead it should be a feast of color and textural options that make getting dressed inspiring; akin to playing a game. The activation of the garment on body can easily cause the wearer to experience a euphoria similar to childlike play, and it is in this nostalgia of childhood where the permission for absurdity and uncanniness thrive. Familiarity in colors and shapes meld together with unanticipated color to plunge the wearer into uncharted territory where there are no rules, except to have fun.

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