Pratt Institute and Ralph Pucci International presented “Pratt + Paper & Ralph Pucci,” an exclusive exhibition preview of paper designs by fashion design, fine arts, industrial design, and interior design students from Pratt’s School of Art and Design on Tuesday, December 7th at the Ralph Pucci International Gallery Nine Showroom in New York.
An interdisciplinary group of 50 Pratt students were challenged to a semester-long study in texture and form to dress Pucci’s Spring 2011 “GIRL 2” mannequins entirely in paper. (By the way, I featured Ralph Pucci’s amazing mannequins here, if you are not familiar with the collection.)
The project was led by Rebeccah Pailes-Friedman, Chair of the Department of Fashion Design at Pratt. The exhibition highlighted the best work from the project as selected by Ralph Pucci and will feature 20 dressed mannequins and 4 sculptural pieces.
A panel of distinguished judges which included Linda Fargo, Vice President of Fashion, Bergdorf Goodman; Nicole Fischelis, Vice President of Fashion, Macy’s; Grey Mills, Founder of Greg Mills Showroom; Jens Risom, furniture designer; Anna Sui, fashion designer; Deborah Turbeville, photographer; and Vicente Wolf, interior designer selected the top three designs at the event.
Winners for Best Dress Design:
First place – Dana Otto
Second place – Meredith Lyon & Beatrice Weiland
Third place – Thom Forsyth
Best Sculpture – Su Ting Chen & Samantha Johnson
And K.C. Weakley created the amazing mural.
The students who created the top three designs received these awards – 12-inch mannequins hand sculpted by Pucci designer Michael Evert in gold, silver, and bronze:
More images of Pratt + Paper & Pucci:
Pratt Institute and Ralph Pucci’s Paper Push
Pratt + Paper & Ralph Pucci,
Gallery Nine Showroom,
Ralph Pucci is the major force behind Ralph Pucci International, and an innovator in the mannequin industry. He is president of the company founded by his parents in the 1950s, which is operated in a spacious loft on West 18th Street. Mannequins are designed, manufactured, and unveiled twice yearly. His Gallery Nine Showroom showcases art, sculptures, photography, lighting, and furnishings by a variety of new, spirited artists and designers.