Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) hosted its the 26th Annual Benefit Fashion Show this weekend. Titled Catalyst, the runway event showcased 15 fashion lines from 18 of the university's students.

Designers who participated in the event included Amir Khadar, Anthony Chukwu, Chance Mason, Cristy Rodriguez, Daisy Braun, Dasha Burobina, Hannah Ahn, Yuchae Lee, Hannah Moog, Kristen Tapia, Joy Li, Max Cortes, Patricia Chevez, Pei Jung Ho, Reuben Francois, Saloni Shah, Gianna Chun and Sam Zanowski.

The emerging designers selected for the show created work that demonstrates an active consciousness and speaks to change through activism, sustainability, politics, technology, diversity or other current themes.

"With the theme this year, we really wanted to push designers to think about how fashion and garments can precipitate dialogue or change that we need in our current community," said show organizer Lauren Jackson in a statement.

Catalyst was sponsored by MICA’s Center for Identity and Inclusion. Proceeds from ticket sales are going to the college's College’s diversity programming and scholarly initiatives for students.

The runway event was held on both Friday and Saturday. Also on Saturday, the Annual Benefit Fashion Show included a pop-up store selling artisan work, including items featured on the runway, as well as jewelry, handmade bags and photography prints.

 

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