Supermodel Emme ’85 visited the School of Design’s fashion design program in September to kick off the second year of Fashion Without Limits (FWL), an initiative she launched with the program in 2014 to promote the creation of size 12+ designs in the junior year through a special competition. To do so, the students use dress forms in size 16, 18, and 20 donated by Wolf Form Co. exclusively for Emme and FWL.
Associate Professor Jeffrey Mayer spent the summer researching, organizing, and developing projects for the students, including a meeting with the head designer at London-based plus-size company Evans. This year’s competition will focus on the creation of high-fashion, ready-to-wear collections for all women. Emme will mentor the students throughout the year through visits to campus and conversations on Skype. She will select the strongest designs at the final presentation in the spring.
The students will use 300 yards of fabric donated by Stigmare, facilitated by founder and CEO Steven Paul Matsumoto. Seventy percent of the fabric was created from recycled plastic soda bottles.
“I cannot stress enough how excited the students are to be a part of a program which is embracing and celebrating inclusivity in design,” says Mayer, who was recently interviewed about FWL for Vogue Italia.
During her visit, Emme spoke with both juniors and first-year students about the need for fashionable clothes for women of all sizes.