Students and faculty in the fashion design program helped an Italian luxury fashion brand with the production of their fashion show in Detroit and received a generous donation as a token of appreciation from the brand itself .
Luxury Italian fashion brand Bottega Veneta held its “Salon 03” fashion show featuring designs from its Spring 2022 collection in October at the Michigan Theater, a historic building in downtown Detroit. The brand produces shoes, handbags, accessories, jewelry, perfumes and clothing.
Fashion design program president Aki Choklat wanted to be of some assistance during Bottega’s stay in Detroit. This led to a meeting with the show’s producer Denise Lyons, where she also received a tour from the fashion department and was impressed with the space. She originally only needed 10 dressers for the show.
Backstage dressers are responsible for dressing the models as the time between changes is limited, especially if a model has more than one look. Dressers need to know exactly which piece goes where, when, how and why.
Although it started with only needing the help of 10 students, around 35 students participated in the “Salon 03” fashion show.
Before New York models arrived, freshmen had the option of walking in their place – so timing and choreography could be practiced.
Students also had the opportunity to work as design assistants. Items were shipped from Europe, so design assistants did an array of things, such as fixing an item’s cosmetics, sewing, acting as fitting assistants, arranging lunch, and more.
The students even helped transfer the models to the site.
“It left a long-lasting impression on my students,” Choklat said. “The students were moved when it was over, and they were just grateful.”
Bottega had invited 60 designers from Milan to Detroit and bought 22 sewing machines. In appreciation for all the hard work put into the show, all machines were donated to the Fashion Design program. They had all but 24 hours to collect the machines and bring them to their new home inside the Taubman Center.
The donation included:
- 7 x DDL 8700 Sewing machine with table and servo motor 110v
- 2 x DLN5410 Sewing machine with table 110v.
- 2 x DLN 9010-7 Sewing machine with table 110 v
- 1 x LU2810 Sewing machine with table 110v
- 1 x MO 6804 (1 needle) baby hem serger 110v
- 1 x MO 6714 (2 needle) 4 thread serger 110v
- 1 x MF-7523 C11 Juki 2-Needle Frill Machine 110v
- 2 x steam table and 2500 sous vide
- 2 x mini steam boilers
- 3 x 48×7 cutting table
“Our fashion clothing sewing workshop is ready,” says Choklat.