Fashion design students from the International Academy of Design and Technology Las Vegas created one-of-a-kind, Halloween-inspired pieces for the runway at Fashion Show Mall on October 26. The academy’s fifth Halloween Couture show featured over-the-top costumes with a high-fashion edge paying homage to the industry’s most prominent minds, including Vivienne Westwood, Alexander McQueen, Chanel and Valentino.
Senior Justin Liming’s ruby red and emerald charmeuse gown took over 250 hours to make—a true representation of the artistic spirit of this project. “That’s one of the reasons I love this particular show; you get to kind of break the rules,” Liming says.
Sophomore Florencia Gianentto favored a modernized, period-style dress that was full of drama. “I thought, what would Marie Antoinette dress like in 2013?” says Gianentto. The result was a fun, short design with an underskirt made of a hula-hoop. Fellow sophomore Brenton Coon’s ensemble evoked a warrior-esque feel, featuring a skirt made of nine yards of fabric. “When I typically do my ready-to-wear, I try to blend this creativity into it. I really enjoy doing [projects] like this because you can think outside of the box.”
The film Black Swan inspired Mengxi Wang’s piece. The black and white design was “not something that you see everyday,” says Wang, a junior. All in all, the garments were nothing short of spectacular and the students rose to the occasion. Senior Karina Carrillo accurately appraised the event: “It’s once a year, so you want to show people what you can do and not limit yourself to the normal.”