RISD Student Wins Boston’s Project Beethoven Fashion Competition
Tuesday, February 08, 2011
“The idea behind Project Beethoven is to pair various art forms with classical music to illustrate the multitude of ways that music can inspire. We have had also engaged curators from the MFA Boston to discuss fine arts and music and have had lecturers from Harvard discussing texts and classical music,” said Sarah Manoog, BSO director of marketing and the creator of the project. “In addition, we hope to engage students in the activities of the BSO in order to broaden our audience and our overarching aim is always to provide entertainment for our patrons to enhance the overall concert experience.” Past competition titles included “Project Mozart” and “Project Tchaikovsky.”
Best In Show
Ten talented fashion students from the Boston and Providence metropolitan areas competed but Canada, a sophomore in RISD’s Apparel Design program, stole the show with a floor-length formal gown featuring a flowing attached neck scarf in the same hue and four rows of gathered tiers pairs with a ¾ length black opera cloak with white lining. "I wanted something classic and beautiful with a modern twist," explained Canada, a Seattle, Washington native. "The gown I designed was directly inspired from an iconic Beethoven portrait as opposed to a specific piece of music. I went directly to 'the master' for my inspiration, drawing on colors and mood portrayed in the image. I wanted to pay homage to the ideas and feelings aroused when one thinks of the legacy he left us all by way of his incredible music. Beethoven's music evokes contemplation and inspiration, and so should good design."
Owen Young, BSO cellist and one of five judges at Project Beethoven said Canada’s winning design was chosen due to the execution of the original design. “The black velvet jacket over the red flowing gown was compelling and beautiful,’ he said. “The contrasting colors, materials and shapes seemed to create an energy and flow that I felt was in the spirit of Beethoven and his unique genius.”
Canada’s Project Beethoven prizes include a full page photo in the April issue of Boston Magazine, a Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS7 12.1 MP digital camera, a fashion photography session including a pre-production planning meeting, full-day shoot with makeup and hair stylist, and having her dress displayed in the window of L'Elite boutique on fashionable Newbury Street for one week.
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