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09/13/2017 | News release | Distributed by Public on 09/13/2017 15:55

Fashion Alumni Show Collections at New York Fashion Week


Madison Chamberlain was inspired by a group of eccentric struggling artists in the late 19th century.

Two recent fashion design alumni presented their work at the Designers' Premier show at New York Fashion Week (NYFW) Sept. 9.

Madison Chamberlain '17 and Maria Palantino '17 opened the program at the Stewart Hotel and were the only student collections featured.

'This is not only a highlight of the Jefferson fashion design program, but showing at NYFW is a real milestone for a designer, especially so early in their careers,' said Carly Kusy, fashion design instructor. 'It's an incredible opportunity to showcase their work in a professional setting during the most important fashion event of the year.

Inspired by a group of eccentric struggling artists in the late 19th century, Chamberlain showed 'Parisian Boheme,' featuring luxurious silhouettes and colors that tell the story of their eclectic lifestyles and the artwork they created.

This collection featured a jacquard collaboration with graduate textile design alumna Becky Flax '17 and earned the Fashion Industries Association Awards for Best of Show and Best Senior Collection-Honorable Mention at the annual Fashion Show at Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University). Chamberlain currently is a design assistant for dresses at Free People.


Maria Palantino's collection received the Nexus Learning Award at Jefferson's Fashion Show.

Palantino showed 'Fragmented Perfection,' which was inspired by Kintsugi, the Japanese art of mending broken pottery.

This collection, featuring knit and jacquard collaborations with textile design alumna Regan Marriner '17, received the Nexus Learning Award for collaborative design at this year's Fashion Show and the Woolmark Company Award for student innovation. Palantino is an assistant fashion designer for multi-seasonal core and outerwear at Lilly Pulitzer.