Massachusetts College of Art Student Works at Saks Fifth Avenue

Yesterday I met Phyllis (of CoudreMode Blog, which alas, is no longer) in Boston. As you know, I was born, raised and learned to drive in Boston, but I haven’t spent much time there in the last several years. In fact, I joke that I know Manhattan better than I know my own town.

I met Phyllis downtown. She was running a little late, thanks to traffic, so I walked through the Public Gardens. It was really beautiful – the leaves are just starting to change, and the light was soft, thanks to the remnants of Hurricane Jose, which is pulling away from the coast. The skies cleared later in the morning and ushered in glorious weather.

Statue of George Washington

When I met up with Phyllis, we walked through Saks Fifth Avenue, which, as it happened, was hosting the results of what looks like a Project Runway-style competition of students at the Massachusetts College of Art Fashion Program. It was lovely to see all sorts of garments from the next generation of designers. It warms my heart! Check them out (needless to say, this is picture heavy)

This appeared to be made from recycled materials – plastic bags, window screening and others

 

The ideas are good, though the sewing and finishing left a lot to be desired. Hems that were falling down, interfacing, or lack thereof, a dearth of boning and support structure in bodices, and a clear lack of pressing. But hey, these are kids, and they are studying to be designers, not necessarily technical sewing professionals. So I’ll just let you look at the pretty…

Okay, now there’s no excuse for that tube to be twisted. That is just sloppy.

I thought these were the best of the lot.

And finally, this one cracked us up. This is NOT the fault of the student. Whoever dressed the mannequin put the pants on backwards!

The tipoff was that the lapped zipper is backwards
The pleats are clearly supposed to be in the front. C’mon, Saks!

So that was a fun day! We also did some snoop shopping and I fell head over heels for this Alexander McQueen jacket. I would totally make this!

They had it in black, too, but I loved this. But not for $5400

Happy sewing!

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6 thoughts on “Massachusetts College of Art Student Works at Saks Fifth Avenue”

  1. Now that you mention it…. I was at the local design school store recently. They have a Fiber Arts program. There were great plain fabric selections and lots of dyes to add color. But, now that I think about it, I didn’t see any interfacing or closures! I know it’s fiber ‘arts’. But, still!

  2. “The ideas are good, though the sewing and finishing left a lot to be desired. Hems that were falling down, interfacing, or lack thereof, a dearth of boning and support structure in bodices, and a clear lack of pressing. But hey, these are kids, and they are studying to be designers, not necessarily technical sewing professionals.”

    I don’t think that being a student is an excuse. Any work I’ve seen on display by FIT students, in the museum end-of-year student exhibits, in the hallway displays, and in the student runway shows, looks immaculate. For a final press, I’m sure some things were sent out; professional pressing equipment can make clothes look great. Probably 99% of the people I’ve met want to design, not be a bespoke tailor or work in a couture atelier. No one wanted to be a sewing operator in a factory.

    It’s a disservice to students to display clothes that look sloppy.

    1. Perhaps, but I appreciate the effort these kids (and they are all kids, after all) put in. And imagine how thrilling it is to have your work displayed in Saks!!! That ‘s a memory they will take with them through the years. 🙂

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