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Pratt Institute Fall 2024 Ready-to-Wear Collection

Pratt Institute Fall 2024 Ready-to-Wear Collection

There was a refreshing sense of lightness and a beautiful balance between design and materiality in the exhibition that featured the work of 20 graduating students from Pratt’s Class of 2024. Overall, it looked more like “fashion” than a naturally navel gaze. the student shows that marked the pandemic. Make no mistake, these students aren’t looking at the world through rose-colored glasses, but there is a renewed sense of confidence and determination, particularly when it comes to environmental issues and size inclusiveness. (The latter was central to the collections of Zoe Knaack; Madison Newcombe.

Show opener Shayna Block focused on the intersection of craft and machine, showing both programmed knits and handmade knits that contained the detritus of a digital life, such as keyboard parts, charging wires and earphones. Other types of links, with heredity and home/place, have also been explored. Inspired by the fishing village of his youth in Rhode Island, Sean McGiveney put a stylish twist on American workwear, while Junxuan Guo’s designs were an amalgamation of his impressions of New York, Hong Kong and Shenzhen. The global popularity of performance clothing shows no signs of slowing down and has been represented in lineups by Scott Junjie Wang and Anna Felton. Clothing for a more apocalyptic world was presented by Malek Rasmussen.

Zhouyi Wang’s collection, inspired by monks, exuded serenity, while Brendan Sheerin’s work had the rigor and charm of Shaker stoicism. Calm seemed to be the new tone for many of the students (see Dayeon Jeong and Jen Sohyun Park), but there were notable exceptions to this rule. As its title – Falling Stars and Other Heartbreaks – suggests, Eiligh Orff’s creations played with hyper-femininity and had a cheerful fairy tale quality (unlike Shutyan (Jane) Jin’s more sinister Rapunzels). Soccer player-turned-designer Emilio Pompetti was at the top of his game with a range of colorful, graphic-rich casual wear that earned him the Christopher Hunte “On Point” award, recognizing excellence in design.