The MCA × Virgil Abloh Design Challenge gave a chance for young creatives to express themselves through art and fashion. Over 300 students across the Chicagoland area took on the challenge of turning something broken into something miraculous. Five winners were picked and I had a chance to witness their amazing work in person.
If you are not familiar with Abloh, he is an American designer who works exclusively with Kanye West. He is now the CEO of the famous brand OFF-WHITE and the creative director for the Men’s collection at Louis Vuitton. Virgil’s exhibition will be at the Museum of Contemporary art until September 24th.
The design showcase was held in the Museum of Contemporary Art. Many people came out to support the youth and I was just as curious to find out more about them and their art. Each winner graced the stage to explain what inspired their winning creations.
This Eco friendly designer used discarded cardboard and re-purposed it in to functional furniture. His father was a carpenter and he believes this is wear he got his knack for understanding the amount of thought and work that goes into to building things with his own hands.
This designer was inspired by a neighborhood in Tulsa, Okla., that was historically known as
“Black Wall Street” before race riots tore it apart. He named his line Green Hood in commemoration of the fallen community.
This designer re-purposed an old shopping bag into a chic jacket. She was also inspired by using recyclable materials. Her collection was classy and beautiful. Her bright yellow jacket was inspired by a shopping bag.
Turned an old radio into a boundary breaker. He did not like the fact that you could not listen to other radio stations unless you were actually in that city. He decided to create a function that would allow listeners to be able to access radio stations from all over the globe.
This designer took a vintage pink blazer and customized it with her own art work. A lot of her designs deal with gender by incorporating pink and blue. She wanted to demolish gender roles by including the two colors in her designs.
Each of the five winners were very inspirational and grateful for their accomplishments. They are very clear of where they see themselves in the future, and they have a lot planned to continue the development of their brand.
To keep up with these future designers click the links above.
By Brittanie Sturdivant, Sophomore, Open Campus Parsons School of Design