Fashion Design Students Impress Renowned British Designer Elizabeth Emanuel with Innovative Takes on Marie Antoinette

When U.K.-based fashion designer Elizabeth Emanuel began posting design challenges on Instagram to spark creativity during this time of social distancing, Jeffrey Mayer, professor of fashion design in the College of Visual and Performing Arts’ School of Design, was hit with a flash of inspiration.

As Mayer was preparing to teach a unit on collage to sophomores in his Advanced Fashion Illustration class, Emanuel posted a challenge to design an updated costume for a re-booted Marie Antoinette movie. “I saw her post on Instagram and I thought, ‘What fun!’” Mayer says. “It fit really well with the collage theme and I knew it would be a fun project for the students.”

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