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Friday, May 14, 2010

Candyland Meets Project Runway at Fieldston

Far away from Bryant Park, Lincoln Center and the Milk Studios, a hotly anticipated fashion took place Tuesday. The Ethical Culture Fieldston School in the Bronx showcased the work of 82 students. The assignment was to create fashion from anything other than fabric. Students worked for months (some weren't even in the class) to create the fun looks that came down the runway.
Annie Kunstler modeled a tiger ensemble made from jelly beans. Anna Blum's Andy Warhol-inspired dress was constructed of Tic Tacs, jelly beans and walnuts dress. Isabelle Rubin's newspaper corset dress created a fabulous silhouette. Isabel Cohen's surprisingly glamorous gown emulated jellyfish tentacles and was made from attic insulation. Other outfits were made from everything from orphaned socks, condoms and family photos.

Instead of jaded editors, the audience was filled with proud parents, an inspiring art professor and very enthusiastic students. In addition to being homework for art students, the annual show also serves as a creative outlet for non-art students show otherwise do not have one.The runway also seemed to help the romantic life of at least one student...Eric Kotin revealed a garment asking a girl to the prom. The object of his affection said yes.

Photos by Librado Romero/The New York Times

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