Titanic Fashion Show Highlights IADT Students’ Talent

Best Interpretation of Theme winners Uliana Urubzhilova & Norelis Arroyo

Best Interpretation of Theme winners Uliana Urubzhilova & Norelis Arroyo

Students from International Academy of Design and Technology (IADT) were featured in a “Project Runway”-style event November 6, 2013 at Titanic The Experience on International Drive. The “fashion show 101 years in the making” showcased designs constructed throughout the past semester as part of a challenge: craft one garment, inspired by the Edwardian-style popular in the early 1900s when White Star Line’s R.M.S Titanic set sail bound for New York.

Three top awards were given.

Best Interpretation of Theme: Uliana Urubzhilova & Norelis Arroyo
Best Garment Contruction: Kimaya McPhersonMost Innovative Design: Carla Weaver

More than a dozen period-inspired looks competed, with the museum’s Grand Staircase as a dramatic backdrop. Gorgeous silhouettes descended the stairs, many with exceptional attention to detail.
Winner for Most Innovative Design: Carla Weaver

Carla Weaver, designer

Carla Weaver, winner of Most Innovative Design, created a black v-necked evening gown with a mirror of the V in the slit detail in the front of the dress, as well as a modestly-cut V for the back neckline. Beaded heavy lace overlaid the satin-lining, with a high empire waist cinched in with a satin sash. Styling included white opera gloves, peacock feathers in the model’s hair, and (a nod to Titanic, the movie) a Heart of the Ocean-inspired necklace and earrings.

For Best Interpretation of Theme, Uliana Urubzhilova and Norelis Arroyo combined efforts to design a mermaid silhouette. Golden satin fabric created the flowing skirt and strapless underlay. Drama was then infused with a black bodice, constructed of an organza-type fabric with shimmering jade and royal blue geometric detail, reminiscent of feathers. Softly elegant asymmetry on the neckline was accentuated with beaded trim and scalloped draping over one shoulder.
The ocean-inspired gown created by Kimaya McPherson won for Best Garment Construction. The fitted drop-waist design featured a subtly-geometric gold and ocean blue fabric and had a full ruffled skirt mimicking rolling waves using the same color palate with shimmering material. A beaded wave detail curved from the neckline up one shoulder for a showstopping detail.
L to R: J from J's Everyday Fashion; Coco Mayer, Creative Entertainment; Allison Walker, Central Florida News 13; Caty Mill, Premier Exhibitions

J, of J’s Everyday Fashion, hosted (at left) and encouraged contestants along with judges for the Titanic Fashion Show: Coco Mayer, Creative Entertainment, Allison Walker, Central Florida News 13, and Caty Mills, Premier Exhibitions.

The designers are all either current or recent graduates of one of the Fashion Design programs at IADT, Orlando.All of the entries showed great creativity with an eye for beauty and a nod to history.

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Titanic Historic Fashion in Orlando

International Academy of Design & Technology student Aixa Ayala designed this Edwardian gown

International Academy of Design & Technology student Aixa Ayala designed this Edwardian gown

Titanic sank over 101 years ago. Her story resonates to this day as people continue to honor the legacy of those lost and marvel at the tales of survival. White Star Line’s Titanic sailed in an age of pomp and circumstance, marked by intricate and detailed design, including shipbuilding, architecture, and of course… fashion.

Deborah L. Scott won the Oscar for her interpretation of Edwardian fashion with the costumes in the movie Titanic. It was her dream “to bring the spirit of Titanic and her passengers to life.” Students from the International Academy of Design & Technology (IADT) will bring their Edwardian-wear to the runway on the Grand Staircase for a Project Runway-style fashion show Wednesday, November 6 at Titanic: The Experience edutainment museum on I-Drive from 3 p.m. to 5 p.mPurchase general admission tickets to view the event.Titanic_designer_2 (Click here to follow Titanic: The Exhibition on Twitter.)

Contestants will be judged on garment construction, interpretation of theme and design innovation.

Guest judges will include Allison Walker, entertainment reporter for Central Florida News 13 and Sven Bode, Publisher for Orlando Style Magazine.

You can win two tickets to see “A Titanic Runway: Edwardian Style Revisited”! Make a comment below naming one real Titanic person (sorry, Jack Dawson and Rose DeWitt Bukater are make believe from James Cameron’s imagination, lol) here or on my post about this fashion show on Pinterest or Instagram. (I’m a HUGE Titanic fan, as you can read here and here.)

Titanic_Anna_SchmidtContest details:Make comment on either blog post, Instagram or Pinterest by 3 p.m. EST on Tuesday, November 5. From all eligible entries, names will be entered into RandomResult.com. Winner will be announced as a comment on each of these social media outlets by 5 p.m. EST Tuesday, November 5, 2013.

Titanic… The Experience, Orlando

Titanic... The Exhibition International Drive

Image courtesy Titanic… The Exhibition

As a lover of all things Titanic, I enjoyed my recent visit to Titanic… The Experience in Orlando on International Drive. It was especially moving with this year being the 100th anniversary of her sinking. (Read the review I wrote for Central Florida Top 5 and see the video I created .)

Would you care             for some tea? ask the First Class Maid

Our family has marked the occasion with countless studies, book readings, and a “History Day” on the actual 100th anniversary date (where, yes, I dressed as a first class maid as seen at left, ha ha). We tied it in to our “big blue ocean” world point of view by discussing the geography of the sinking, weather patterns that influenced both the iceberg strike, and the inability of some ships nearby seeing the distressed vessel, and the science of water/ice flow. It’s also been a springboard to discuss animals who live in arctic environments. (I’ll take any road I can to get kids interested in learning!)

On our History Day, we had “hands-on” activities like shoveling “coal” into “boilers” (homemade ones with battery-operated candles flickering inside), a formal tea complete with fine china and cucumber sandwiches, crafts like making a White Star Line flag and a beaded necklace with the word “Titanic” in Morse Code. Guests felt a “glimpse” of the icy ocean by putting their arms in elbow-deep salt-water chilled to near freezing. At the end, each child had a scrapbook to take home with all the worksheets and crafts they’d completed.

Everyone dressed for the occasion, including parents (we had one father in his tux, one in a stunning tiara, as well as another first class maid!). My husband played the part of Harold McBride, the Marconi operator, while our son was none other than Captain Edward Smith. Alas the cotton balls we glued to his face for a beard got pulled off before one good shot could be taken, but it was a memorable day for our band of eager learners. Some, including the grownups, learned for the first time about the 4th funnel being included “just for visual balance.” They also did “Titanic math” where they had to figure out the sobering fact that the number of seats IN the lifeboats was significantly less than the ship’s capacity.

I’m looking forward to taking my 5-year-old to Titanic… The Exhibition, although I don’t know many at that age who would be as interested.

His obsession began at age 3 1/2 while taking a bath. “Mom, has a ship ever done this? (*Raises the bow high in the air and sinks it down.)” I explained that I knew of one very famous ship did…. He asked me to read a book on it that very night, and the night after, and the night after….

As a general rule, I would recommend this exhibit for children 8 and up (with the occasional uber-geek like mine being the exception). Adults will enjoy the many artifacts and room recreations, and especially the talented guides who bring history to life.

Titanic… The Exhibition is one of many exhibitions owned by Premier Exhibitions. Visit their webpage for information on Titanic museums around the country.