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MICA Experimental Fashion Show: Milquetoast Part Three

22 Apr


MICA Experimental Fashion Show: Milquetoast Part Two

22 Apr


MICA Experimental Fashion Show: Milquetoast Part One

22 Apr

If you didn’t know it or not, MICA’s experimental fashion event is one Charm City occasion that is a MUST ATTEND for me. Every time I attend MICA experimental fashion event I am so inspired by the concepts and designs each student comes up with.

In December 2011, I had the opportunity to preview the 2012 class designs in progress. It was great to see how all of the student’s visions developed throughout the months.

I want to thank the stylish, hardworking Valeka Populoh for inviting me to this lovely event again.  I want to thank all the talented students as well.

Usually, I take time to give commentary on each part of the MICA event.  They say pictures are worth a 1,000 words.

Well, I always say “videos can leave you with a million or more”.

Cirque d’Armoire illuminates the lives of forgotten clothing, toys and dolls; a glimpse into the mysterious world associated with lost and cherished items from our wardrobes.  The collection draws inspiration from an imagined underlying narrative behind antique objects and toys. The performance swindles the audience into a crawl-space from another realm, highlighting somber and playful elements of the heart warming and some-what bone-chilling presence of the antique porcelain doll.

-Naomi Davidoff

A lover of all things gloomy and grotesque, her collection is a manifestation of the melancholy literature of Edgar Allan Poe. It centers on her vision of reality and focuses on the tragic death of the beautiful women in his stories and poems, who are then catapulted into a utopian world that transcends reality.

-Michela Reina


MICA Experimental Fashion Event: Milquetoast on April 21

28 Mar

What is Ms. Charm’s favorite fashion event every year?  

Duh, it’s MICA’s Experimental Fashion Event! 

On Saturday, April 21 at 6 p.m. or 9 p.m. enjoy the Milquetoast: Experimental Fashion Event at 2640 Saint Paul St (also known as the St. John’s Church). 

Tickets cost $5 available at the MICA Bookstore, 1200 W. Mount Royal Ave. and

Limited tickets will be sold at the door for $10.

Over the course of eight months, students design and craft their own body of work based on the garment, recruit their own models and performers, select music and choreograph their show. 

Students’ designs tap into the power of clothing as a semiotic device, communicating constantly shifting ideas and beliefs about the body, social relationships and the spirit of the times. Their work speaks to the performative nature of fashion and the overlaps between the runway, the stage and the theater of the streets.

This year, the name Milquetoast (meaning a timid person) was chosen as a counterpoint to the lively event and a tip of the hat to the political climate in this presidential election year.


Antonina Clarke, Thea Elisabeth Curley, Naomi Davidoff, Natalie Ebaugh, Giovanni Flores, Morgan Frailey, Alexz Giacobbe, Maya Lisa Akabane Graffagna, Kelsey LaSeur, Jessica Emily Marx, Georgia Caroline Milton, Michela Reina, Stephanie Marie Santos, Anna Strain, Jacqueline Wadowsky and Kate Weintraub; graphic design assistance provided by Alex Dougherty


MICA Annual Benefit Fashion Show: Transcend on April 14

28 Mar

Transcend is the name of MICA’s Annual Benefit Fashion Show this year.

On Saturday, April 14, the fashion show will take place at the Brown Center in Falvey Hall located at 1301 W. Mount Royal Avenue. 


Available at the MICA Bookstore (1200 W. Mount Royal Ave.) and  Limited tickets will be sold at the door. 

$15 for Students

$20 for General Public

The 19th Annual Benefit Fashion show, Transcend, is a runway show that will explore the outward manifestation of the unconscious mind. The designers were asked to go beyond the expected and Transcend their normal, accepted thought processes and reveal a hidden layer of themselves through their garment making.

After the show, audience members are invited to mix and mingle with the designers and view an exhibition of fashion-inspired photography, illustration and fiber arts in the lobby of Falvey Hall.

Fashion pictorials of the students’ designs captured by celebrity photographer Derek Blanks ’00 will be part of the exhibition. The fashion show is sponsored by the Office of Diversity and Intercultural Development.

Designers participating include:

Samantha Bloom, Evyn Fong and Kurina Sohn, Michelle Kim, Allina Liu, Hayley Martell, Jessica Emily Marx and Alexz Giacobbe, Jordan Matthews, Leanna Pascual, Stephanie Santos, Amelia Stinnette and Erik Clark, and Olivia Taliaferro


Early Weekend Catwalk: MICA Art Market

5 Dec

Looking for an one of kind gift from talented students, faculty, alumni from MICA?

You must check out MICA Art Market!

Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) will present the fifth annual MICA Art Market on Wednesday, December 7 to Saturday, December 10 from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. in Brown Center’s Leidy Atrium, Falvey Hall lobby and Rosenberg Gallery, 1301 W Mount Royal Ave.

(Photo from MICA).

It’s a great four-day sale featuring illustrations, paintings, prints, posters, stationery, T-shirts, ceramics, jewelry, textiles, book arts, toys, wrapping paper and so much more created by more than 250 MICA students, faculty, alumni and staff.

Weekend Catwalk: MICA’s Week of Fashion: 18th Annual Benefit Fashion Show “Genuine Articles”

13 Apr

MICA’s Week of Fashion continues this weekend!

On Saturday, April 16, The 18th Annual Benefit Fashion Show, Genuine Articles will take place at 8 p.m. in the Brown Center: Falvey Hall located at 1301 W. Mount Royal Ave.

The Annual Benefit Fashion Show explores how fashion impacts our society by showcasing practical and outrageous designs.

Designers and design teams: Anna Obikane, Cary Gray, Etty Leon, Jenae Smith, Katharine Weintraub, Maria Chaverri and Jacob Whayne Dillow, Maria Chimishkyan and Leanna Pascual, Matthew Reading, Mika Eubanks, Semi Shin, Nolla Yuan, Sally Park, Stacie Baek, Taylor McMahon and Grace Kubilius, and Virginia Rohr

The event is sponsored by the Office of Diversity & Intercultural Development, the fashion show extends the designers’ concepts and vision beyond the MICA community.

The tickets cost $15 for students and $20 for the general public.

After the show, attendees will be able to mix and mingle with the designers and view an exhibition of fashion-inspired photography, illustration and fiber arts in the lobby of Falvey Hall. Fashion pictorials of the students’ designs captured by celebrity photographer Derek Blanks ’00 will be part of the exhibition.

Ms. Charm’s Chic Adventures: RACK PART TWO

11 Apr

TIME FOR AN INTERMISSION! Guess what, it really did happened after Ginny Duncan’s Steel Magnolias presentation wrapped up.

During intermission, audience members had the option of grabbing something to eat or drink at the RACK bar or examine the RACK stage up close and personal. I decided to go on stage and view the dresses and equipment on the RACK stage.

(Photos by Paulette W.).

(Photo by Paulette W.).

Once I was done, I walked back to my seat and I ate some raisin bread that I had in my purse (am I the only person who always carries a snack when they go to events?) Well, let’s get back to the event.

Yeji Byun Bower’s presentation featured two little boxed stages that models stood up on. I love the idea of seeing the back and front of each garment. Shhh . . . I want to wear everything in that collection!

Jacob Wayne Dillow shocked the crowd with his Apocryphal collection. The presentation was dark, full of action, full of mystery, and ended in death.

Sarah Ivancic‘s Monstrosities instantly put a smile on my face. The model were fun and the clothing was whimsical. Most of all, I adored the shoes and I need those shoes!

Soyoung Park‘s Ballerina Meets Punk made me have a fashion attack! I heart anything edgy! I would so wear any piece in her collection.

Katherine Weintraub‘s Love Letter to a Somatoform may have confused some, but I enjoyed it. I love how the deranged models didn’t allow their craziness to stop them from falling in love.

The finale was Sharela Bonfield‘s FlyGirls: Remixed. I love the choreography!!!!! Yes, I was totally moving in my seat! I love the 80s/90s flashback to the good old days of early hip hop! Perfect way to end the show for sure!

I want to thank Valeska Populoh and the MICA students for making my Saturday night a great one! I am so happy to see student designers showcasing that fashion is more than seams. Fashion is everything!  I can’t wait for next year!


If you are interested in any pieces from the show, do not hesitate and e-mail them at Please include your name, contact information, and the name of the collection/artist in e-mail.

Ms. Charm’s Adventures: RACK PART ONE

11 Apr

I can’t say it enough . . .MICA’s Fiber Department knows how to make everyone have a good time and produces garments that always blows my mind.

(Photo by Paulette W.).


Well, let’s me tell you about the event. I arrived at the St. John’s Church at 5:30 p.m. and I was happy to see a crowd of people waiting to get in! The Church door read that doors will open at 5:40 p.m. I didn’t mind waiting in my H&M trench coat for ten minutes.

As soon as the doors opened, the crowd of people and I went up the steep steps to enter the stage for RACK. The first person I had to talk to was Valeska Populoh, the mastermind behind this event and she escorted me to my seat.


I’m no E! Fashion Police, however I would give my BEST DRESSED VOTE to Valeska Populoh. She had a lovely garment on that I wanted in my closet.

Also, I was so happy to see one of my readers, Sarah Raimez Cross in person! She was there with her cute daughter. :)

Anyway, the show began promptly around 6 p.m. The first student designer to showcase their work was Matthew Reading. The Smart Textile Circus had audience interaction, beautiful costumes (some even moved and lighted up) and make-up, and balloon animals. I love me some Britney Spears! So, hearing Britney Spear’s “Circus” in the background had me moving in my seat.

Next up was Mika Eubanks. Throughout the event, she shared her family stories including “To Smile and Laugh”, “Sweet Potato Pie”, and “Grandpa”.  I adored that her garments told an unspoken story as well.

Molly Roberts presented Sprightly that instantly reminded you of spring time. Love the hand dyed pants and tops.

Rachel Christensen‘s Untitled presentation was on-going throughout RACK featuring workers on the church’s stage consumed in a world of making.

Kyle England‘s Material Systems Within a Space explored religion and art with video and a runway aspect. I enjoyed seeing some men’s wear mixed with some women’s wear in his collection. I heart the guy that looked like he was 7 foot tall corkiness.

Nolla Yuan “Dreamscape” had models in dreamy silk outfits while smoke filled the church. Janae Smith (who showcased at Panoptic last year) was the highlight in the show while she glided on the wooden floor in her silk dress.

Maria Chaverri‘s Seed of Love featured frantic looking models in beautifully crafted garments centering around the theme of seeds magically growing into plants. I loved the long planted train garment.

Ginny Duncan‘s Steel Magnolias explored the strength of a Southern woman. Models skipped around the audience giving out treats. Fave Part: Watching the models danced with audience members! You have to see the video.


If you are interested in any pieces from the show, do not hesitate and e-mail them at Please include your name, contact information, and the name of the collection/artist in e-mail.

Weekend Catwalk: MICA’s Week of Fashion 2011 Begins with RACK

6 Apr

Last year, I had the most amazing time at MICA’s Experimental Fashion Event, Panoptic. After experiencing the event, I decided that this is one fashion event in Baltimore that I refuse to miss.

On Saturday, April 9, the lovely Fiber Department of MICA will present RACK: An Experimental Fashion Event at 6 p.m. and at 9 p.m. at the location of  2640 (St. John’s Church), 2640 St. Paul St.

The annual Experimental Fashion Event is a capstone for students in MICA’s experimental fashion concentration within the Fiber Department. Students presenting their work include:

Sharela Bonfield
Yeji Byun
Maria Chaverri
Rachel Christensen
Jacob Whayne Dillow
Ginny Duncan
Kyle England
Mika Eubanks
Sarah Ivancic
Soyoung Park
Matthew Reading
Katharine Weintraub
Nolla Yuan

These talented students will present their innovative fashion and costume designs through visually stunning live performances and projected video. And, I can not wait to see it!

I had the pleasure of getting the 411 about two amazing designer showcasing at this event: Molly Roberts and Sarah Ivancic.

(Photo from Molly Roberts).

“My line is called Sprightly. Sprightly is a line of ready-to-wear garments created with the fashion forward youth in mind. The collection is comprised of pieces which are intended to be versatile and unique–many pieces are crafted of one-of-a-kind, hand-dyed fabrics. Each garment evokes a sense of burgeoning energy and carries with it the feeling of Spring.”  -Molly Roberts

(Photo from Sarah Ivancic).

“Monstrosities is inspired by a comment made in jest that a fashion collection be based upon dinosaurs.  The costumes enabled an exploration of textile techniques, such as surface design to create dinosaur inspired prints and textures. The conceptual challenge was to develop characters that represent ideas around feminine strength and power, through costume and clothing. What emerges is the flirtatious, lady dinosaur both terrifying and tantalizing. Don’t get to close, you might get bit… or covered in glitter.” -Sarah Ivancic

Trust me, you do not want to miss this event. Tickets are $5. You can buy them at the MICA Book Store, 1200 W. Mount Royal Ave. and  Limited tickets will be sold at the door for $10.

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