Fashion in Bloom 2023
Executive Director of The Mancuso Humanities Workforce Preparation Center and former English Professor, Halcyon Mancuso, founded and, with FSU Fashion Design faculty, manages the annual FSU Mancuso Fashion Awards Program through which four senior fashion design students each receive a $1,000 prize in four categories. Inspired by works that the students have viewed at the Museum during the academic year, the Danforth is pleased to showcase the talent of FSU’s Fashion and Design students.
Most Innovative – Gifty Agyen, FSU ‘23 Princess dress with floral appliqué racer-back peplum vest from the collection, Rebellion 60’s Refined. Inspired by Jasmine Chen, Expensive Orphanage, 2020, Oil on canvas
Most Marketable – Cianna Jackson, FSU ‘23 Bustier top and Skirt with godets from the collection, Divine Femininity. Inspired by Meta Vaux Warrick Fuller, Maquette for Ethiopia Awakening, 1921, Painted Plaster
Most Creative and Artistic – Jaida Melendez, FSU ‘23 Heavy-weight pointed shoulder blazer with princess seams and peplum paired with stretch knit pants with decorative cutouts and top stitching from the collection, White Collar. Inspired by Toni Pepe, With Impressions Like Fingerprints All Over, 2022, Hydrocal casts
Best Construction – Lola Mwilelo, FSU ‘23 Turquoise dress with gathered patterned organza flare, sweetheart neckline, belted with detachable sleeve, beaded, and fully lined with invisible zipper and bra cup from the collection, Elegant & Chic. Inspired by Lisa Rosowsky, They Come by Water, 2022, Dye-sub printed and laser-cut nylon