Solstice Day School and Northshore Recovery High school students explored the world of fashion at the Peabody Essex Museum’s exhibit “Patrick Kelly: Runway of Love” this past week. An iconic American fashion designer, Patrick broke social and racial barriers with his innovative designs to bring buttons, inclusiveness, and exuberance to people all around the world. The youth found his story and clothing deeply meaningful and inspiring; youth saying “That is DEFINITELY something I would wear”. His signature buttons and bold patterns were a huge hit and prompted comments such as:
“I like conformed chaos”
“That white blazer might be my favorite thing I’ve ever seen”
“The flower dress reminds me of a tea party”
“I would make something out of that fabric”
Back in the studio, students hit the runway themselves – showcasing unconventional materials in an impromptu fashion show after designing fashion figures inspired by the exhibit. Cohannet & Beverly Middle School Students folded, draped and cut fabric on paper figures to create their own designs, the only requirement was to add at least one colorful button!