In this lecture, Professor Carolyn Kallenborn discusses leading her fashion show class through the pandemic. When the Covid-19 unexpectedly canceled the annual live runway show, students in the Design and Fashion Event class at the University of Wisconsin-Madison conceived of and produced an alternative virtual event in five short weeks. Led by Professor Carolyn Kallenborn, the student creative direction team worked with a video editor to translate the runway plan to video. The team found that the digital format provided a unique opportunity for storytelling that would have been difficult to do on stage.
Thirty-two Textile and Fashion Design students sent in over 800 photos, videos, and audio clips, the majority of which were created by the students, with their cell phones, while they were in lock-down during the first wave of the pandemic and follows through how that changed the program's fall showcase. The collaboration between students and professionals generated a final product with the polish of a professional production with the creative, dynamic spirit and authentic voice of the students.
This compelling story of resilience celebrates the designers’ work and passions. At the same time, the film provides an intimate commentary on losing access to their creative community and studios during the shutdown.