Competition Submissions and Reviews
While Davis, California may not be considered a fashion capital by any stretch of the imagination, the 2012 Picnic Day event at UC Davis played host to an actual fashion show, contrary to any “unfashionable” preconceived notions of the small college town. Nearing the end of the student-designer showcase, a bold, thoughtful, and diverse collection took the runway by storm with the designs of Miquette Elliott. The only collection to have both menswear and womenswear displayed, not only had a flare for the theatrics, but more importantly a polished finish and showed Elliott’s blossoming potential for a vibrant career in fashion. With cathedral and even gothic themed garments, Elliott illustrated an inspiration and affinity for the aesthetics of such designers as Mugler and McQueen. The stained glass motifs and jewel tones present throughout the womenswear garments contrasted greatly with the darker and refreshingly innovative take on the anything but traditional menswear pieces. Standout looks from the womenswear collection included a corset constructed of glass, and from the menswear, a deconstructed jacket that doubled as a backpack. Elliott throws convention out the window when it comes to her menswear, and added the signature drama of the renaissance to her womenswear. With her large scope innovation, Miquette Elliott left her mark on the UC Davis runway, and made an event called “Picnic Day” a whole lot edgier.
- Alex Sanders