Marymount University fashion-design students showcased their best designs and wowed the crowd April 30 at the university’s annual “Portfolio in Motion” show.
The theme for this year’s event was “Underground” and kicked off with a segment titled “Fashion Your Seatbelts,” in which all the models, dressed in black as harried commuters, exited from a subway-car backdrop.
University officials honored Sue Wong as Marymount’s 2015 Designer of the Year. Born in rural southern China, Wong at a young age moved with her family to Hong Kong and then Los Angeles.
Wong’s interest in fashion began with making outfits for her paper dolls and she was producing her own clothes by age 9. She now makes more than 1,500 designs per year and her creations have been worn by Tyra Banks, Taylor Swift, Anne Hathaway and Kim Kardashian.
Senior designers for this year’s show included Nada Alrasheed, Dayle Angus, Eden Asbeha, Elvis Buckhalter, Victoria Hubbard, Brelynn Knight, Marissa Miller, Betsy Romero, Maya Shaw, Sophie Shaw and Chelsea Speckmann.
Fashions presented in the “Young Entrepreneurs” category were provided by Robutton (Katie Pinkham of Marymount’s Class of 2011), Shan Marie (Shantelle Valdez, Class of 2010) and Lab Candy (Olivia Pavco-Giaccia).
The show also benefited from the expertise of head coordinators Francesca Blee, Chelsea Connestro, Gabby Jackson, Delaney Manning, Amanda Rondepierre and Caitrin Waites, and specialists Jane Bornstein, Veronica Calero, Monique Casimiro, Sydni Chapman, Kristen Ellison, Kaila Ford, Samantha Fowler, Scarlett Hailey, Tihairra Hawkes, Madison Herbert, Jessica Hester, Rachel Keenan, Alexa Schaefer, Amarah Wade and Kayla Young.
Faculty members Annette Ames, Marilyn Borsari, May Chae, Janice Ellinwood and Pam Stoessell served on the committee that advised the students.
Modeling the fashions – which ranged from preppy golf outfits and stylish formalwear to striking modern designs – were Felicia Adomako, Devon Annunzi, Alexis Baker, Anjli Bhatia, Frank Cadle, Dominique Caesar, Chelsea Connestro, Christian Cox, Azuri Crawford, Michaiah Davis, Kaila Ford, Kaylah Galloway, Hunter Hayes, Victor Igboko, Christopher John, Alyssa Kalonji, Rachel Keenan, Meagan Mahan, Seth McDonald, Sebastian Monzon, Marcus Moreno, Deena Parker, Bria-Scott Fleming, Danielle Smith and Carolanne Wilson.
Child models also got into the act. The young models included Nora Dowd and frequent runway guests Grace and Olivia Shank, daughters of Marymount president Matthew Shank and his wife, Lynne.