This summer, fashion label 3.1 Phillip Lim collaborated with Pratt’s Assistant Professor of Fashion Dean Sidaway on a special topics course in which fashion students designed a collection for the brand. Upon completion of the class, members of the 3.1 Phillip Lim design and branding teams were invited to attend a final critique of the student collections and award one student designer an internship in the 3.1 Phillip Lim design studio upon graduation.

Six fashion students, five of whom became seniors this fall, spent three weeks in Sidaway’s special topics class designing a 10-look women’s or men’s ready-to-wear collection for the brand. A final critique of the student collections was held on July 8 in Steuben Hall. 3.1 Phillip Lim Senior Brand Director Maria Vu was in attendance along with Women’s Design Director Jennifer Lyu and RTW Associate Designer Alan Lee.

“It’s an inspiration to be surrounded by such young, fertile minds,” said Vu.

Sidaway’s special topics course gave students the opportunity to research and develop their design ideas while receiving feedback from industry professionals. “I appreciate the experience because we are meeting people in the industry,” said Simi Wu (B.F.A. Fashion Design ’16), who presented her womenswear collection titled Tension and Ease. “Getting advice from industry professionals is something for which Pratt is known.”

Fashion student Victoria Aguilar’s (B.F.A. Fashion Design ’16) menswear collection titled Disjointed vs. Organized was selected by 3.1 Phillip Lim as the winner of the final critique. Aguilar has been invited to join the 3.1 Phillip Lim design team as an intern upon graduating next spring.

Image: Camerin Stoldt (B.F.A. Fashion Design ’16) (on right) presents her collection to Jennifer Lyu, women’s design director at 3.1 Phillip Lim