Lasell Creates Runway Designs

Lasell Students Create Runway Designs Connecting British Fashion, Auto Exports

In the Post World War II era, Great Britain was desperate to rebuild its economy and the effort to export all things British to America began. Among those exports were British fashions and automobiles – both reflected in a recent student fashion show at the Larz Anderson Auto Museum in late November.

Visual merchandising students from Lasell College created a runway show featuring non-textile garments inspired by 1950’s British cars and fashions in the museum’s current exhibit “Britain Can Make It.” The show, held November 29, was a Connected Learning project for students in Lasell Professor Anne Vallely’s fall semester Visual Merchandising class.

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

More than 20 non-textile garments were created for the runway show reflecting British automobile designs of that time period – from the Austin Healey to the Jaguar.

Following the show, two designs were selected to remain on display as part of the “Britain Can Make It” exhibit, which runs through May 2013.

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 second 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.

According to Vallely, the runway show and exhibit gave the fashion students the opportunity to delve into a specific time period in American and British history and reflect on its influence in the fashion world.

Article courtesy of Lasell College.