Belmont Student Featured in Manhattan Fashion Exhibition

 Belmont resident Samantha (Sam) Smith, a student at Pratt Institute, a global leader in higher education, will exhibit work in Manhattan as one of 31students chosen to have their work included in “Organic Matter: Woven Artwear by Pratt Fashion.” The new exhibition features Sam and fellow sophomore and junior fashion students who re-think the form, function, and design of knitwear as fine art. Free and open to the public, “Organic Matter” runs Jan. 21st to 28th, 2014 at the acclaimed Gallery Nine, located at 44 West 18th Street.


Of the more than 90 projects considered for the exhibition, Sam’s knitwear project consists of a large-scale shrug and a drop-stitch skirt. The students worked exclusively with neutral-colored yarn to create wearable art for display on Pucci International’s high-fashion mannequins designed in matte grey.


In addition to highlighting the innovative fashion designers of tomorrow, “Organic Matter” is a rare opportunity for sophomore- and junior-level Pratt students to create works of art for a commercial gallery. 

“Organic Matter” is a partnership between Pratt Institute and Ralph Pucci International, the world-renowned high-end mannequin, lighting, furniture, and sculpture company. Pucci, a Pratt Trustee, partnered with Pratt Fashion Chair Jennifer Minniti and Assistant Professor Susan Cianciolo to select the top projects.


The yarns for the student projects were generously donated by Lion Brand Yarn.


Gallery hours are Mon. – Fri., 10 AM – 5 PM.  For more information, visit ralphpucci.net orhttp://www.pratt.edu/news/view/pratt_and_ralph_pucci_international_present_organic_matter_woven_artwear_by/.



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