MassArt fashion design students debut thesis collections

Runway products showcase the Sabrina Hollander selection. Photo: KELLY DAVIDSON, COURTESY MASSART

On Saturday, May possibly 14, styles strutted down the runway of the 2022 MassArt vogue display, displaying months of function by the graduating seniors of the fashion style and design program. Titled “404 Not Found” the exhibit highlighted do the job by 21 pupils checking out themes these types of as race, gender, grief, the setting and inclusivity.

Sabrina Hollander, a Guatemalan American streetwear designer, devoted her selection to her late cousin, who died in a auto accident. “In Memory Of…” examines the grieving system and the way people today develop as a final result of, and in spite of, tragic particular losses.

“In Memory Of…” assortment by Sabrina Hollander Image: ERIC MAGNUSSEN

“In my assortment, I concentration on applying the common colour of mourning, black, when also utilizing a printed material total of vibrant messaging to show the journey by grief and advancement, and how both can coexist,” claims Hollander. The print is a lively spiritual iconography pattern reminiscent of the artwork on a prayer candle, reminding her of the prayer candles her household would light to pay out homage to shed liked types. “In Hispanic tradition, a ton of the time we use religion as a way to grieve,” she claims.

Hollander translates such challenging themes into streetwear outfits merchandise. With the iconographic pattern printed on denim, she designed a unisex matching established of unfastened straight-leg pants and a coordinating jacket. In an additional look, a black jumpsuit is offset with pockets in the printed material, a delicate but cheeky nod to the collection’s topic. 

“Although you see most of my styles are feminine presenting, I could see this assortment currently being worn by any individual at any time, and this incorporates remaining worn to a funeral,” claims Hollander. This intention itself speaks to the “growth” concept. Even as cherished types are shed, life moves forward. These streetwear objects can be worn everywhere, but they have the load of decline, just like a grieving individual goes about every day life after a decline.

A piece from Kayla Tynes’ assortment, “The Black In Crimson White And Blue.” Photo: COURTESY OF KAYLA TYNES

Kayla Tynes’ collection, “The Black In Red White And Blue,” is the result of a deep meditation on the Black knowledge in the United States, and additional precisely, in the culture marketplace. Tynes drew inspiration from “Watch the Throne,” a collaborative album among Jay-Z and Kanye West. Even though the album was produced more than 10 years ago, Tynes discovered the written content about inequity in the Black neighborhood continue to rings pretty correct.

“I tried to composition my appears to be like and my symbolism the way rappers framework their lyrics, referencing a large amount but packaging it the place if you get the reference, you get it, and if you never, you have some a lot more digging to do,” says Tynes.

In 1 track, the artists reference crabs in a barrel bringing each individual other down somewhat than rallying collectively in opposition to greater community challenges. Tynes channeled that plan via textural levels that embody a caged encounter, like a mesh bodysuit and chain components. In a especially standout search, a lengthy-line, sleeveless denim coat bears the names of victims of police violence in daring red letters.

A runway model showcases the Kayla Tynes selection. Photo: KELLY DAVIDSON, COURTESY MASSART

Tynes has roots in costume design and methods her operate with a narrative and characters in mind. That’s a single of the reasons she felt so inspired by “Watch the Throne,” the place cultural problems are laid out in rap’s rhythmic storytelling structure.

As these 21 designers depart the nest of MassArt and undertaking into the qualified design environment, they have far more weighty concerns on their mind than just their individual up coming steps. Each and every collection is a reflection of the advanced larger globe these younger skills are stepping into and what issues they may experience there.

Tynes hopes the runway demonstrate prompted viewers associates to think about further problems than just the aesthetics of the garments. “This is a very particular search at how I course of action my identity and what I would contact my piece of the Black knowledge,” she states. “I would hope that the viewers member is left with a small bit of operate to do.”