Sixth Annual Fashion Meets the Botanicals Held at the Cleveland Botanical Garden
The Kent State University Museum and the Kent Fashion School held the sixth annual “Fashion Meets the Botanicals” event at the Cleveland Botanical Garden on March 9, 2019. The event coincides with the Botanical Garden's "Orchid Mania" exhibit, bringing together a botanically-inspired fabric and fashion arrangement.
Thirteen orchid-inspired garments made it into this year's competition. The students involved in this event used an image of an orchid to create a computer-generated design for custom fabric, and then utilized the School’s TechStyleLAB’s fabric printer to produce their fabric. The students then designed and constructed a garment using their fabric. This year, for the first time, a group generous donors graciously offered to sponsor this year's students which helped underwrite the students' costs to participate in this annual event. Donated funds were used to purchase fabric and to cover the costs of textile/digital printing and laser cutting, along with any other additional supplies needed for the design.
Throughout the event, a large crowd of guests in attendance savored refreshments while the students’ designs were modeled throughout the Garden, and they had the opportunity to speak with the models and the students about their designs while seeing the garments up close. Guests then voted for their favorite looks in the categories of “Best Use of Inspiration”, “Best Fabric Design” and “Best in Show”. Three junior design students walked away with the top awards.
Megan Rogers won the “Best Use of Inspiration” award for her “Asymmetrical Natural Dye Painted Dress.” Brooke Elizabeth Mauck won “Best Fabric Design” for her design “Zero-Waste Waterfall Dress.” Taking home the "Best in Show" title was Alison Ross for her “Flared Tulip Silk-Satin, Chiffon Dress.” Rogers was the only winning designer in attendance to accept her award in person; Mauck and Ross are currently studying abroad as part of the Fashion School's study-away program, FS Global.
ABOUT THE MUSEUM
The Kent State University Museum is located at 515 Hilltop Drive, at the corner of E. Main St. and S. Lincoln St. in Kent, Ohio. It features over 30,000 pieces in its collection, amassed from many generous donors. The Museum is open to the public on Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from 10 am – 5 pm; Thursday from 10 am – 8 pm; and Sunday from noon – 4 pm. Admission is $6 for adults, $5 for seniors and $4 for children aged 5 to 17. The museum is free for children age 5 and under and for those with a Kent State ID. Sunday admission is free for all ages. Parking is free for all museum attendees. Patrons should use the allotted Museum spaces in the Rockwell Hall parking lot. For more information please call 330-672-3450 or visit www.kent.edu/museum.
ABOUT THE CLEVELAND BOTANICAL GARDEN
Founded in 1930 as the Garden Center of Cleveland, Cleveland Botanical Garden today is a not-for-profit organization that welcomes close to 150,000 guests each year and provides plant-science lessons to 12,500 schoolchildren annually. Garden guests enjoy delightful surprises, quiet moments and lots of fun as they explore 10 acres of beautiful outdoor gardens and the 18,000-square-foot Eleanor Armstrong Smith Glasshouse.
Open all year, the Garden offers guests extra opportunities to celebrate the seasons with special events such as Orchid Mania in February, the Annual Egg Hunt in spring, Gourmets in the Garden through summer, RIPE! Fest in fall and the popular WinterShow tradition now known as Glow.
Brittani Peterson, Fashion School marketing associate, bpeter12 [at] kent.edu
Photos by William Perrine