Pandemic-related behavioral changes could make existing designs obsolete, creating an opportunity for the next generation of creatives.
Many students’ long-awaited debuts into the fashion world, via the graduate runway show, have been canceled. The coronavirus has left them to celebrate their hard work not with cap and gown, family and friends, but gathered around a Zoom screen.
“Not having that is heart-wrenching,” said Desiree Scarborough, a graduating senior at Rhode Island School of Design in apparel design (seen here). “You work so hard, it feels like, ‘What’s the point?’”
One silver lining? From Providence to Pasadena, remote learning has already taught would-be designers valuable lessons in problem solving.
“It’s been one of the most creative times I’ve ever experienced in education,” said Barbara Bundy, vice president of education at the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising in Los Angeles, which counts Monique Lhuillier, Chriselle Lim, Kevan Hall and Karen Kane among its alumni.
“Even though everything is online and remote, students are engaged, and they are feeling closer to the professors than in a class setting. They miss the library, the touchy-feely part, the labs, the one-on-one contact, but they are getting much better with Zoom, Bundy continued.
WWD salutes the next generation of fashion and design trailblazers.
At the link in bio as part of three-part series, we share what a handful of schools are doing differently for graduation this year, as well as some words of wisdom from students, faculty and administrators.