Deconstruct/Reconstruct with ’47 Redesign Runway Show

The second annual, ’47 Redesign program in collaboration with ’4 and Pratt Institute featured designers showcasing mini-collections with a sustainable twist.

By Alexis Gaskin

All Collections (Credit: Mina Magda/BFA.com)

All Collections (Credit: Mina Magda/BFA.com)

The evolution of fashion is bringing more designs of upcycling and reconstruction of old materials.This evolution was showcased last Wednesday, April 24 with the ’47 Redesign Runway Fashion Show in partnership with Pratt Institute. Four Pratt Institute students Hannah Thomas, KT Mitts, Stefan Maier and Xiaowu Zheng showcased their four-piece collections, all inspired with the theme of redesign.

The ’47 Redesign program and collaboration with Pratt Institute was inspired by Pratt Institute’s, “Deconstruct/Reconstruct” course, where the fashion students created new and unique pieces using deadstock ’47 apparel, accessories and headwear.

With the challenge of using this deadstock material, each student created a mini collection to showcase the talent and versatility of using “scrap materials.” The students were competing for a scholarship and the chance to have their collections put on display at the ’47 flagship store in Boston, Mass.

Thomas and collection (Credit: Mina Magda/BFA.com)

Thomas and collection (Credit: Mina Magda/BFA.com)

A piece from Maeir's collection (Credit: Mina Magda/BFA.com)

A piece from Maeir's collection (Credit: Mina Magda/BFA.com)

Second-year student at Pratt Institute, Thomas, won first place at the runway show with Mitts as runner-up. Thomas’ designs featured an orange and red color palette with knitted materials to flow on the models figures. Thomas was inspired by creating unisex clothing for alland using unconventional material.

“For me I wanted to approach the upcycling not as an imitation, but as a thing to explore,” she said. She explained how it was important to her to use materials that were already accessible and how fashion was evolving in this way. “For me, sustainability is about not creating more waste and really using what we already have, being able to recycle things that we already have and using them to our benefit.”

Runner-up Mitts’ collection included color infused threading and patching with pieces featuring bold text describing success and leadership. Maeir’s pieces included a dark color palette with bold yellows and blues infused with patches and long draping to feature on the models. Zheng’s pieces also featured muted tones and oversized pieces to create a gender neutral look.

Guest Judges (Credit: Mina Magda/BFA.com)

Guest Judges (Credit: Mina Magda/BFA.com)

The runway show, which was held in the Mezzanine in the Financial District, featured many talented figures from the industries. Laurence Chandler and Josh Cooper of Rochambeau were the guest judges along with Brooklyn based singer, Vérité and Pratt faculty members.

Angel + Dren with Levar (Credit: Mina Magda/BFA.com)

Angel + Dren with Levar (Credit: Mina Magda/BFA.com)

Focusing on the beats for the night were identical twin DJs Angel + Dren, who are described as the Twin DJs serving beats to the fashion crowd, by WWD. Also in attendance was model and recording artist Jimmy Levar.

This runway show is the second expression show for ‘’47Redesign program which aims to, “provide a platform for rising designers to reinterpret ’47 licensed sportswear.” The continuation of this program is an excitement to many Pratt students and faculty. This year’s theme of “Deconstruct/Reconstruct” enlightens the conversation on sustainability and reusing materials.