Homecoming Show Marks Pratt Fashion’s Long Awaited Return to Runway

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For the first time since 2019, the annual fashion show highlighting graduating fashion students returns to face-to-face events. Themed on HomeThis year Pratt Show: Fashion The curated showcase was held in Building 77 at the Brooklyn Navy Yard on May 5.

The 22 students who were selected to show their work presented the collection responding to sustainability, identity, the future, inclusivity of the body, and how design can engage with global issues from pandemic isolation to natural disasters. Home showcased this next-generation fashion to over 300 guests. Many of the runway appearances involve sustainable design practices and the use of natural dyes and bioplastics. Their grad collection debut covered by outlets including Mode and V . Magazine.

It was the first Pratt runway show to be staged at Navy Yard, part of the Pratt Institute’s growing relationship with a former shipbuilding center that is now a hub for local creativity and industry.

“We’ve always said that if we moved this show back to Brooklyn from Manhattan, it was worth mentioning Home,” said Jennifer Minniti, chair and fashion professor Jane B. Nord. “We made that decision long before we knew what the return would be like.”

Fashion professionals, members of the press, and members of the general public and the Pratt community all joined in celebrating the dynamic work of student designers. At the event, Professor of Fashion Design Adrienne Jones presented the 2022 Pratt Fashion Visionary Award to Lindsay Peoples, editor-in-chief the cut off. The award recognizes her leadership in fashion, including for a more inclusive industry, such as one of the founding members of the Black In Fashion Council in 2020.

Showcasing their collection are graduating students Asher Eaton, Chaoyue Wang, Dan Li, Elena Hengheng Zhou, Gabrielle Borrajo, Izabela Raczkowski, Jeeyea Choi, Jiaqi Shen, Julie Juyoon Moon, Katie Liu, Lyric Caramto, Magda Cintro, Qianxi Wang, Qingqing Yu , Shenmeng Liu, Tianyi Lin, Trung-Tin Pham, Vi Vo, Yajing Fang, Yuhan Wang, Lis Yuyao Wang, and Ziyu Guo. Dan Li was awarded the Christopher Hunte “On Point” Award. The honor was chosen by a panel of judges who recognized Li’s collection of “Assumptions of Tropes in Uniform” which involved multimedia and coloring techniques.

“Brooklyn has always had a soft spot in my heart because it was the first place I considered my home,” Li said. “I feel so lucky and grateful that the show is at the Brooklyn Navy Yard. It hosts a collection of different industries within an area, much like how a school is a melting pot for students of different races and ethnicities, coming together as one to learn. This collection is dedicated to my final year at school. I want to make a statement about the school and its environment before I graduate.”

In conjunction with tonight’s celebrations, fashion seniors held a live look-book for their collection on April 9 at Albee Square in Downtown Brooklyn. The Community Quilt public event was broadcast live on Instagram @prattfashion, further sharing student work with a virtual audience. Check out more photos from their collection on Facebook where the use of individual materials, silhouettes, colors and shapes expresses the shared commitment of the next generation of designers to advancing fashion.

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