Fashion in Bloom 2023

Come see fashion designed by FSU Fashion Graduates inspired by works on display at the Danforth! Established in 2022, four awards support the talent and effort of FSU Fashion Design majors and foster a close relationship with the Danforth Art Museum at Framingham State University, our wider community, and the Fashion Department.

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

Dates: May 5 - June 4 2023
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