by Julia Countryman
“My goal is to teach my students how to think as designers and inspire the creative process, because they will benefit no matter what careers they go into: graphic design, environmental design, or even engineering,” said Chinlee Chang, Instructor of Fashion Design. Continuing, Chang said, “Students start with inspiration, ideas, draping, sewing the garment, and finally, the fashion show, all of which are important parts of the creative thinking process.”
That process culminated this year with the IAM Department annual fashion show, which was held on Friday, May 4th in the IAM Hall of the Idyllwild Arts campus. Entirely student produced, the production team was led by seniors Paul Burgo and Bella Ku, both of whom have been accepted to the prestigious Central Saint Martin’s College of Art and Design in London. “Darrell (Gillett) and I are so very proud of them both. Each of these two outstanding designers was accepted on the spot at their interviews, which is quite remarkable,” added Chang.
Student designs ranged from dresses that shimmered with built in lighting effects (Blaze Shih) to Burgo’s designs that included elements from an exercise done in class: origami. “I had the students make origami shapes so they could understand how to translate two-dimensional thinking into three-dimensional designs, which was very successful. Paul took it one step further and integrated the elements of origami into his designs. These designs are part of what won him admission into Central Saint Martin’s.”
Congratulations to the designers for their outstanding work: Advanced Designers: Paul Burgo, Inga Gilbert, Bella Ku, Cloris Li, Blaze Shih, and Iris Sun. Intermediate Designers: Marine Chen, Carmel Companiot, Vivian To, Daria Wilson, Jill Wu. Introductory Designers: Nadia Kim, Clarice Kirkbride, Maisie Luo.
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