Designs by CMU students, faculty and alumni featured in Detroit Month of Design – The Morning Sun
Throughout September, the 11th Detroit Month of Design will showcase the best in design, from fashion to architecture, in venues across the city. And this year, Central Michigan University Merchandising and fashion design students, alumni and faculty are among the featured designers.
CMU’s exhibition ‘Fashion Future’ seeks to answer questions about the future of fashion and explores concepts related to diversity, equity, inclusion and sustainability.
Michael Mamp, professor of fashion and design merchandising at CMU, is leading the university’s first-ever participation in Detroit Month of Design as curator of the exhibition. Mamp invited all current merchandising and fashion design students, as well as notable staff and alumni, to submit pieces for the collection.
“We hope the exhibition gets people thinking about what the future holds for them, as a fashion designer and consumer, from a process and product perspective,” said Mamp. “We not only want people to see the inspiring work of our current students, but also how our alumni are transforming what they have learned in our program into successful businesses and entrepreneurial careers.”
CMU Fashion Merchandising and Design is one of only two higher education sponsors for this year’s event. The sponsorship was made possible thanks to a grant from the CMU President and Rector Fund for Program Innovation and Excellence.
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LaDyra Lyte, senior from Detroit, and Pablo Covarrubias, junior from Grand Rapids, Mich., Are two of the designer students featured in the exhibit.
Lyte’s collection, titled “Killing Me Won’t Make You King,” aims to educate observers about the adversities experienced by black and brown individuals and the unjust systematic teachings that have spread through the generations. Lyte said she hopes the coins will plant the seeds necessary to inspire communities to be more responsible and engage in behaviors of change.
“The future of fashion depends on how many of us designers are willing to stay true to ourselves and produce at an increasing and innovative level, not just predictable and incessant,” said Lyte.
The Covarrubias collection addresses the sustainability of fashion, especially upcycling: using discarded materials to create new products. Covarrubias used fabrics found in thrift stores and pieces of fabric from other projects. One item of clothing is made from denim from old, worn jeans.
“My goal was to create clothes with what I had on hand and to force myself to follow these guidelines in order to reduce waste,” Covarrubias said of his collection. “I think going back to a slow fashion, the fashion industry’s ‘less is more’ format in the future is the way forward and will allow people to enjoy and buy more thoughtfully. . Craftsmanship is the key.
The Detroit Design Month, an annual event hosted by Design Core Detroit, is a city-wide celebration of creativity showcasing Detroit’s role as the national and world capital of design.
CMU’s exhibition, “Fashion Future”, is free and open to the public from 11 am to 5 pm on Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays, and from 11 am to 7 pm on Thursdays until September 30 in the CMU Detroit Center. The center is located in downtown Detroit at 777 Woodward Avenue, Suite 160.