Posted on Thursday, December 17, 2009 by Brenda Tucker
CCA 2007 Fashion Design alumna Amy Sarabi has been chosen to compete in Season 7 of Project Runway, hosted by supermodel Heidi Klum and fashionista Tim Gunn. In this highly competitive hit series, 16 designers battle for three coveted runway shows during New York Fashion Week and a chance to launch their fashion careers.
CCA Fashion Design chair Amy Williams said, "Amy Sarabi is an inventor and a magician as well as a fashion designer. Her design process has many sides, which are tangled beautifully and intentionally: a deep conceptual investigation, a great mind for streetwear, and incredible skills related to the technical aspects of making."
Sarabi's senior collection, developed during her final year of study at CCA, was inspired by the "gills" on the undersides of mushrooms. She intended it as a deliberate challenge to traditional fit and function.
"Her process of invention is amazing," says Williams. "She is tenacious in her exploration: building, testing, and rebuilding until she is satisfied. The final garments are a marvel of new and innovative methods, delicate and beautifully crafted. As an instructor, I tremendously enjoyed working with her. The challenges her designs posed, in terms of both fit and fabrication, were exciting and stimulating. We are all thrilled that Amy has the opportunity to show off her aesthetics and determined work ethic to the world on Project Runway."
During the casting for Project Runway, the judges (including Tim Gunn) clapped for Sarabi's work, yelling "bravo" and exclaiming with pleasure. They called her pieces beautiful, and one judge even complimented her on the top she herself was wearing that day, which she had made, observing that he loved the detail.