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MassArt Announces Illuminate: 2017 MassArt Fashion Show and Fashion Show Party

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Design: Alexandra Coppola, Image: Keitaro Yoshioka

Boston, MA (April 13, 2017) – Massachusetts College of Art and Design (MassArt) will present the work of the next generation of fashion designers at its year-end event on Saturday, May 20 at 8:00pm in the Design and Media Center Atrium on MassArt’s campus. This year’s showcase, titled ILLUMINATE, will feature a sample of collections from the senior class with select designs by sophomores and juniors inspired by textile research, sustainable practices and global perspectives. The show will not be presented on a catwalk as in recent years; the models will walk the floor of the Atrium among the audience in the intimate style of a “fashion parade” from the early 1900s.

The show will be set beneath Rainfield, the large scale site-specific installation of 10,000 glass rain drops created by former visiting faculty member sculptor Daniel Clayman and students in his fall 2016 class. Additional work by MassArt fashion design students will be displayed in the Design and Media Center lobby and adjacent spaces. Individual tickets for general seating are $40 per person and are available online. No tickets will be sold at the door. General seating begins at 7:00pm and the Fashion Show begins at 8:00pm.

ILLUMINATE: 2017 MassArt Fashion Show

Saturday, May 20, 2017

MassArt Design and Media Center
621 Huntington Avenue, Boston

7:00pm Doors open for general seating
8:00pm Fashion Show begins

$40 General seating
*No tickets will be sold at the door

MBTA Green Line E Train (Longwood Medical Area stop)
Route 39 MBTA bus (Huntington Ave @ Longwood Ave stop)

The 2017 Fashion Show Party Host Committee, led by co-chairs Emma Calus and David Webster, will hold a special fundraising event to celebrate and support MassArt’s fashion design students. At 6:00pm, guests at the Fashion Show Pre-Party are invited to enjoy cocktails and dinner in the Bakalar & Paine Galleries prior to taking their VIP seats at the Fashion Show. Guests of the pre-party are also invited to an after party in the Huntington Studio in the Design and Media Center, overlooking the Atrium space. All proceeds from the Fashion Show Party support fashion design at MassArt.

2017 Fashion Show Party

6:00pm     Fashion Show Pre-Party
MassArt Bakalar & Paine Galleries, 621 Huntington Avenue, Boston

9:30pm     Fashion Show After Party
Huntington Studio, MassArt Design and Media Center, 621 Huntington Avenue, Boston

Tickets:     Tickets for the Fashion Show Party are $500 each and include admission to the Pre-Party and After Party, as well as VIP seating for the Fashion Show.

Sponsorships:     For sponsorship information, please contact Kathy Calnan, Executive Director of Advancement, at or 617.879.7012.

For more information about ILLUMINATE and the Fashion Show Party, visit


About Massachusetts College of Art and Design

Massachusetts College of Art and Design (MassArt) is one of the top colleges of its kind in the United States. Founded in 1873, MassArt has a legacy of leadership as the only freestanding public college of art and design in the country and the nation’s first art school to grant a degree. The College offers a comprehensive range of undergraduate and graduate degrees in art, design, and art education, all taught by world-class faculty. MassArt is also home to the Bakalar & Paine Galleries, the largest free contemporary art space in New England, professionally curated to enrich the academic curriculum and make contemporary art an accessible experience for all. Among MassArt’s most accomplished alumni are designer Brian Collins, art dealer Arne Glimcher, Oscar-winning set designer Nancy Haigh, visual artist and composer Christian Marclay, 2016 Project Runway winner Erin Robertson, interior and lifestyle designer Kelly Wearstler, and photographer William Wegman. For more information, visit Follow MassArt on social media: TwitterInstagramFacebook, and LinkedIn.

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Susie Stockwell, Director of Communications • 617.879.7066

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