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Arts of Fashion Show 2009 is a Four-Day Global Fashion Event Coming to Drexel University

Arts of Fashion Show 2009 is coming to Drexel University
Arts of Fashion Show 2009 is coming to Drexel University

For One Week Philadelphia Becomes an International Fashion Epicenter!

Student Designers from 21 countries to spend five days at Drexel University
for the Arts of Fashion Symposium and Design Competition—Oct 24-28

This year’s Arts of Fashion, a five-day global fashion event combining an exhibition, lectures, master classes, film screenings that culminates with Fashion Shows at the
Philadelphia Museum of Art (PMA), will be hosted by Drexel University’s Department of Fashion and Design & Merchandising of the Westphal College of Media Arts & Design on Drexel’s main campus. Arts of Fashion is considered the premier international university-level fashion competition.

This year selected students from 21 countries and top fashion designers and industry
professionals will attend. The Fashion Shows will feature innovative and experimental student designs along with the creations of promising young designers from the USA (Amy Sarabi, Julianne Thibodeaux and Chelsea Snyder) and from countries around the world presented in PMA’s great stair hall. Working designers who participate in the Arts of Fashion Master Class series (Gaspard Yurkievich – Paris) and (Christian Wijnants – Antwerp) will also be featured in the Fashion Shows.

The Fashion Student Competition Show presents the work of students selected by a panel of fashion professors. The theme for this year’s Arts of Fashion is “Illusion”. The symposium will take place from October 24 through October 28, 2009 with Fashion Shows at the Philadelphia Museum of Art on Wednesday, October 28 from 8:00 – 10:30 p.m. Ticket and event information can be found at:

A panel of fashion experts and professors was in Los Angeles on May 29 and 30 to select
more than 50 finalists who will compete in the competition during the annual Arts of Fashion Symposium. These finalists, from more than 90 design schools, submitted a capstone collection of three sketches that were selected for competition. Three of the finalists selected are from Drexel University. The winning student designers will be awarded scholarships and some will be afforded future opportunities to work with top international fashion designers.

Drexel‘s campus will be transformed into a veritable fashion epicenter as lectures, exhibition, show rooms and master classes will be held in numerous campus locations. Master classes will be taught by noted teachers and designers of womens wear and menswear, couture, accessories, textiles and design. Faculty for master classes include Tony Delcampe, Christian Wijnants, Gaspard Yurkievitch, Hermann Fankhauser, Laurent Edmond, Billie Mertens, Anthony Vaccarello, Arnaud Michaux, Aurore Thibout and Laurence Teillet.

Drexel’s Leonard Pearlstein Gallery will feature an exhibition of work by Aurore Thibout, a
French artist, designer and performer whose work has been presented extensively in Europe. Her exhibitions include 2002’s Frozen in Paris, France; 2007’s RRRIPP in Athens, Greece; and 2008’s Memory Clothes in Karlsruhe, Germany. Her work was also awarded at the 2006 Hyéres Fashion and Photography Festival, an international Fashion and Photography exhibition that features the work of ten fashion designers and ten photographers. The gallery is located on the first floor of Drexel’s Nesbitt Hall (3215 Market St.). The exhibition will run Monday, October 26 through Friday, November 20 with an opening reception Saturday, October 24, 6 – 8 p.m.

The CineToile-Series will feature two documentaries from the Sundance channel’s The Day
Before. Created by French filmmaker Loic Prigent, whose widely admired documentary “Marc Jacobs & Louis Vuitton,” followed the two designers during the hectic 24 hrs prior to their New York Fashion week shows, explores the sometimes tense relationship between the French fashion grande dame Sonia Rykiel and her C.E.O.-daughter, Nathalie. The second episode will go behind the scenes at Fendi with legendary design superstar Karl Lagerfeld. The screenings will take place in the Mitchell Auditorium at the Bossone Research Center (3128 Market St.) The film screenings will be open to the public.

Arts of Fashion will be held at locations throughout Drexel University’s Main Campus. For a
full list of events and locations refer to the schedule of events attached to this document. For general and ticket information visit: For information regarding the host university, Drexel’s Westphal College of Media Arts & Design, visit or call 215-895-1029.

Arts of Fashion Main Page

Drexel’s Arts of Fashion Page

Arts of Fashion Press Kit

Arts of Fashion Schedule