Students Create Innovative Knitwear for “Organic Matter: Woven Artwear by Pratt Fashion” Exhibit
Fashion students at Pratt Institute were challenged to re-think the form, function, and design of knitwear as fine art for an innovative exhibition, free and open to the public, at Ralph Pucci’s Gallery Nine from January 21–Februrary 3, 2014. The exhibition, titled “Organic Matter: Woven Artwear by Pratt Fashion,” will be celebrated with an opening reception, free and open to the public, on Tuesday, January 21 from 6–8 PM.
Pratt Institute Trustee Ralph Pucci, renowned for his high-end mannequin, lighting, furniture, and sculpture company, partnered with Pratt and worked closely with Fashion Chair Jennifer Minniti and Assistant Professor Susan Cianciolo to select top projects. The students worked exclusively with neutral-colored yarn to complement Ralph Pucci’s classic MANNEQUIN collection in matte grey.
Of the more than 90 projects considered for the exhibition, 27 works will be on view in “Organic Matter,” and each design illustrates a forward-thinking approach to knitwear. The partnership of Pratt and Ralph Pucci provides a rare opportunity for students to create works of art that will be on display in a commercial gallery.
Among the many diverse works featured in Organic Matter are:
• a knit corset and crocheted mesh shrug dipped in beeswax,
• a large-gauge knit tee of panty hose, and knit skirt with leather suspenders,
• a crocheted coat featuring a stuffed-dog doll collar,
• and a caged sphere head piece and skirt with a crocheted bodysuit.
Gallery Nine is located at 44 West 18th Street in Manhattan. Gallery hours are Monday-Friday, 10 AM to 5 PM.
Image: Large-gauge knit tee of panty hose and knit skirt with leather suspenders by Claire McKinney. Credit: Alex Weber.