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Simone Kurland, Trench Coat; Sam O'Brien, Skirt.

On April 25, the 2013 Pratt Institute Fashion Show will feature innovative designs by graduating seniors from the Department of Fashion that both reflect and challenge the fashion system, popular cultural values, and the needs of contemporary culture. The annual event provides a dynamic platform for students to demonstrate creative achievement by designing, producing, and presenting cohesive, progressive, and authentic collections, which will be pre-selected by a panel of industry experts.

Vogue's International Editor-at-Large Hamish Bowles will present designer Thom Browne with the 2013 Pratt Fashion Visionary Award at the runway show at Center548 in Manhattan. A celebration will immediately follow at a cocktail benefit at The Top of The Standard. Proceeds from ticket sales will go towards student scholarships and Pratt's Department of Fashion. Funding for the 2013 Pratt Institute Fashion Show was awarded in part through a competitive grant presented to Pratt Institute by the Importer Support Program of the Cotton Board and Cotton Incorporated.

Pratt is home to the first fashion design program in the United States and the Fashion Show is the hallmark of that educational experience, celebrating the department's commitment to ingenuity, creativity, versatility, and a strong personal vision. The Institute’s history of interdisciplinary collaboration resonates with Browne's work.

"Thom Browne revolutionized menswear, not only by changing the cut and silhouette, but by changing the conversation, and he is now doing the same for womenswear. His highly conceptual runway presentations and impeccable craftsmanship have set standards for excellence and originality that push forward and inspire our fashion students to do the same," said Jennifer Minniti, chair, Department of Fashion. “His ability to reconcile art and commerce is extraordinary and surely the key to the future vitality of American fashion.”

Browne is founder and head of design of Thom Browne, a menswear and womenswear brand based in New York City. His work was most recently seen on an international stage when First Lady Michelle Obama donned an original navy bespoke coat and dress design at President Barack Obama's inauguration ceremony in Washington, D.C. No stranger to Washington, he was honored with the 2012 Cooper Hewitt National Design Award for fashion at a White House luncheon hosted by Michelle Obama in July 2012. This spring, Browne’s work will be included in a group exhibition on punk fashion at The Costume Institute of The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Past Fashion Show honorees include Fern Mallis, Hamish Bowles, Catherine Malandrino, Carmen Marc Valvo, Narciso Rodriguez, and Diane von Furstenberg.

6 PM Fashion Show
548 West 22nd Street

7:30 PM Cocktail Benefit
The Top of The Standard
848 Washington Street

For tickets, click here. For additional information, email fashionshow@pratt.edu or call 718-399-4548.

Text: Amy Aronoff
Photos: Dominik Tarabanski

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