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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.

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