Pratt Institute Fall 2022 Ready-to-Use Collection

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It’s been an uphill battle for the Class of 2022, whose studies have been disrupted by the pandemic. But conditions have improved enough for 22 Pratt Institute fashion design students to present their graduate collections at the Brooklyn Navy Yard last week.

Of course there are vestiges of lockdowns and pandemics in student work. Two collections inspired by home ideas; another, by Jeeyea Choi, is entitled Bring Back Intimacy. Even when protection and safety aren’t thematically mentioned, there’s plenty of cushioning, and with that, the promise of a soft landing, or at least the concept takes up space. Beautiful flowers on a punch dominate the collection of Chaoyue Wang Stay in the Office, the starting point of which is the Chinese concept of Involution, a labor competition that produces nothing and eats itself up.

Overall, the main inspiration for students—as has become a trend in recent years—is the exploration of their own identity. Inspired by his Filipino heritage Lyric Caramto uses traditional fabrics (like the banana fabric he makes into romantic dresses) and techniques to create a collection of colors and textures that feel deeply personal. Gabrielle Borrajo’s starting point is the story of her father leaving Cuba. For its collection, Synonym, knitwear strongman Trung-Tin Pham, featured a look-alike, and used fake IDs as labels to satirize Asian stereotypes. Also focused on knitting is Lis Yuyao Wang, who builds on her experience with illness to exaggerate body parts; The pattern on the top one depicts the acupressure points. Katie Liu’s Gothic collection also seems to reflect her personal aesthetic.

Predictability is another theme. Izabela Raczkowski goes on cross-country trips to collect the textiles she uses, some of which she over-prints with charming rustic motifs from her own designs. Elena Hengheng Zhou uses “edible cloth” made from fruit and vegetable waste; just for fun is the “croissant” bra.

The recipient of the Christopher Hunt “On Point” Award is Dan Li. Working with school uniforms as the theme, she shows off carefully crafted outfits that showcase various labor-intensive techniques such as shibori, crochet, printed leather. His best look is a plaid vest made of hundreds of safety pins. Jiaqi Shen, on the other hand, only used black tulle and boning to create seven truly memorable looks. Such restraint was unusual, and Shen used it very well. Her clothes cover the body and reveal it, and thus speak of strength and vulnerability. He calls his collection Long Distance Intimacy, which is the most poetic description of the current state of the world I have ever come across.

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