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FashioNext NeoCon





FashioNext Exhibit at  NeoCon 

NeoCon : 06.15 - 06.17.2009

FashioNext Finalists Designs

FashioNext Finale : 04.17.2009, 7 PM


Design by Roger Price and William Thomas Walton of Price Walton  +  the Wok Chair


the chair
The rounded shape of Andreu World America's Wok easy chair is the perfect furniture companion to Price Walton's circular dress. Brentano Design Director Iris Wang is particularly interested in the way the designers are using the drapery fabric Cord to create geometric circles. She says the dress has a sculptural feel reminiscent of Romanion artist Brâncu?i. In selecting the Brentano fabrics to upholster the Andreu World chair that is paired with the dress, Brentano also looked to Brâncu?i's ability to blend simplicity and sophistication. The inside of the Wok chair is upholstered in the dramatic Stormy Night colorway of the velvet Curlicue. The upholstery has a hand-drawn geometric pattern that will mimic the circular repetition of Price Walton's dress. For the chair's exterior, Brentano selected the elegant Grey Fox color of Dune, a polyester and cotton blend with a subtle repp weave that will match the elegant lines of the gown.


the dress
Designers Roger Price and William Thomas Walton of Price Walton chose an 1883 Charles Frederick Worth dress as their inspiration piece. Their plan is to take the elaborate original dress,
Inspiration : Comme Charles
Frederick Worth evening gown, 1883

from the Chic Chicago exhibit
created by the "father of couture," and to construct their own creation drawing on "the articulated body of a female wasp" as a "silver hornet queen." To realize their design idea, they chose the Brentano drapery fabrics Cord-Ink, and Aurora-Black Pearl, which together provide a smoky, slightly shimmering palette for their FashioNext dress.

Design Sketches by Price Walton
by Roger Price of Price Walton
Cord
Cord
Aurora
Aurora
Brentano Fabrics :


Wok Chair by Andreu World
Wok Chair
Zigzag
Dune
Galaxy
Curlicue
Brentano Fabrics :






Design by Jermikko Shoshanna of Jermikko  +  the Zarina Chair

the chair
Andreu World America offers its Zarina model in a chair, armchair, or bar stool version. Brentano selected the tall and slender bar stool option to accompany the sleek and architectural structure of the Jermikko dress. Brentano Design Director Iris Wang is intrigued by Designer Jermikko Shoshanna's use of wires to create the dramatic effect of the back of her FashioNext entry. The chair's seat fabric is a metallic blue shade of Galaxy, a high-performance faux leather, and the upholstery for the back of the bar stool is Brentano's Zigzag in a neutral shade with aqua velvet accents. In addition to enhancing the subtle shimmer of the textiles used for the dress, the pattern of Zigzag complements the stair-stepped weaving of the gown


the dress
In her statement about the FashioNext competition, Designer Jermikko Shoshanna says that she wanted "to capture the 1920s feel of drape and movement through the dramatic layering of bias cut strips." To achieve this architectural design, she chose to work with the Brentano drapery fabrics Aurora and Firefly in
Inspiration : Charles James
"Butterfly" Ball Gown, 1954

from the Chic Chicago exhibit
platinum shades as well as Cord and Intersection that add contrasting color. Her inspiration piece, the rare 1954 "butterfly" ball gown (only five examples are known to exist), was originally designed by Charles James for Mrs. Randolph Hearst Jr. and is made of pleated silk chiffon and twenty-five yards of nylon net, weighing eighteen pounds.

Design Sketches by Jermikko
by Jermikko Shoshanna
Firefly
Firefly
Cord
Cord
Aurora
Aurora
Intersection
Intersection
Brentano Fabrics :


Zarina Bar Stool by Andreu World
Zarina Barstool
Zigzag
Zigzag
Galaxy
Galaxy
Brentano Fabrics :






Design by Melissa Serpico Kamhout of Serpico  +  the Lineal Comfort Chair

the chair
Melissa Seprico Kamhout's FashioNext entry is inspired by a contemporary Comme des Gar?ons convertible dress. Serpico's version adopts the two-in-one philosophy of the original, but with a design more conventional for evening wear. Serpico manages to communicate the inspiration piece while offering her own vision. Similarly, the sleek Lineal Comfort chair by Andreu World America is juxtaposed with Serpico's layered dress, each offering an individual interpretation of elegant and modern style. By upholstering the Lineal Comfort chair with Brentano's Shade and Shadow fabric, the chair is able to subtly mirror the substantial texture of the gown. While the unique texture of Shade and Shadow comes from twisting together a rayon bouclé and chenille, the textured ruffles of the dress can be picked up, transforming it into a shorter dress with a completely different silhouette.


the dress
Designer Melissa Serpico Kamhout chose the Comme des Garçons
Inspiration : Comme des Garçons
Convertible Dress/Gown, 1992

from the Chic Chicago exhibit
convertible dress as her inspiration piece for FashioNext becase she loved the concept and endless possibilities of Rei Kawakubo's avant garde design. She selected the Brentano drapery Venezia in a warm silver color to create a new interpretation of the dress that she hopes will maintain the inherent qualities while "changing the silhouette, attitude and texture."

Design Sketches by Serpico
by Melissa Serpico
Venezia
Venezia
Brentano Fabrics :


Lineal Comfort Armchair by Andreu World
Lineal Comfort Armchair
Shade and Shadow
Shade and Shadow
Brentano Fabrics :









All Inspiration and Designer Sketch images courtesy of Chicago History Museum






All Andreu World America furniture images courtesy of Andreu World America

Fusing Textile, Furniture, and Fashion Design

FashioNext - Chicago Fashion Design Competition

fashionext press release <pdf>When the Chicago History Museum decided to sponsor a fashion design competition built around their Chic Chicago : Couture Treasures from the Chicago History Museum exhibition of couture garments, they turned to Brentano - an innovative creator of interior design textiles -- to provide the fabrics. Brentano and the Museum decided the competition, which the Museum named FashioNext, would not only challenge the designers to use materials differently, but would also create a unique opportunity to fuse fashion and interior design.

FashioNext finalists and Iris Wang from Brentano discuss fashion, and fabric design concepts in their own studios:
Initially, five dresses were selected from Chic Chicago to serve as inspiration pieces. Each designer submitted sketches, complete with Brentano fabric samples, to the panel of judges. Judges have determined which three dresses will be fully brought to life using Brentano fabrics, and the winning garment will be announced at the FashioNext finale event held on April 17, 2009 at the Chicago History Museum. For information on tickets for this event, please visit the Museum's website.


FashioNext NeoCon - Furniture and Fashion Exhibition

neocon exhibition press release <pdf> After the finale event at the Chicago History Museum, the winning dress, along with the two runner ups, will go on to create a special exhibition at the 2009 NeoCon World's Trade Fair that will add furniture to the existing fusion of fashion and interior design. For the NeoCon exhibition, Brentano partnered with Andreu World America -- a leader in furniture design for international commercial markets -- to provide the literal counterpart to the imaginative fashion design. Brentano fabrics, paired with the sophisticated aesthetic of Andreu World's furniture and the cutting-edge design of the winning dress, combine in a collaborative exhibit demonstrating how the creative worlds of fabric, furniture, and fashion can come together.

The FashioNext exhibition can be seen in the Chicago Merchandise Mart lobby during NeoCon June 15 - 17.