Anyone who thinks there’s nothing new happening in fashion simply doesn’t know where to look. This month, hundreds of newly minted designers graduated from the top fashion schools in the country, including Savannah College of Art and Design, Parsons School of Design, Fashion Institute of Technology, and Pratt Institute.
But in fashion, there is no final exam — to graduate, these students must design miniature fashion collections, taking a look from sketch to runway in just a few months. The most talented among them have their designs shown at runway presentations with their fellow students, at shows that are often emotional, always surprising, and that touchingly represent both an end point and a new beginning for these young designers. It’s a heady mix that’s hard to resist, even for seasoned fashion journalists.
Here we share 50 of our favorite student designs that walked the runway this month. Congratulations to all the graduating seniors, and remember these names — the wealth of talent you see here is coming to a clothing label near you soon.