Yu-Shin ‘Mue’ Kim, 2007 MFA Fashion and Knitwear Design graduate, and Lynn Christiansen, 2005 BFA Fine Art/Sculpture graduate, were included in the September 21st World of WearableArt (WOW) Awards Show in New Zealand. While visiting the School of Fashion this past spring, representatives from WOW saw Mue’s collection and asked that three looks be included in their show.
A native of South Korea, Mue created this collection for the April 27th 2007 San Francisco show. She decided to move away from a contemporary fashion look and used the sculptures of Tony Cragg, the knitwear craft art of Mark Newport, wardrobes of comic-book heroes, and the performance costumes of Leigh Bowery as inspiration.
Mue’s collection was also shown in the 2007 Macy’s Passport show and will be in the upcoming Avant Guardian issue of Surface magazine. Lynn created two looks, Swiss Maid and Double Chocolate Decadence, made to look like chocolate and whipped cream. In 2005, Lynn was the first Fine Art/Sculpture student to collaborate with a School of Fashion student on a collection for the spring fashion show. Canadian-born, Lynn now lives in Australia.
Executive Director of Fashion, Gladys Perint Palmer, was invited by Tourism New Zealand to be a guest of the country and attend New Zealand Fashion Week. She was the guest international judge for WOW, responsible for choosing the most outstanding international entry for the event, although she was not allowed to vote for Mue or Lynn. She also met with local designers and fabric mills.