Assistant Director: Morel Doucet


The 18th Annual Benefit Fashion Show, Genuine Articles, explores a courtship between humanity and fashion. Each collection showcases a MICA designer’s unique interpretation of social design’s philosophy “design like you give a damn.” Clothing lines featured will be aesthetically intriguing and have practical utility in addressing an area of social engagement, whether by providing solutions for a challenging social problem or simply by providing a vehicle for communication between people. Designers hope the fashion show will have a lasting impact, and represent the culminating presentation, not the lines’ final implementation. Sponsored by the Office of Diversity & Intercultural Development, the fashion show extends the designers’ concepts and vision beyond the MICA community.

After the show, audience members are invited to mix and mingle with the designers and view an exhibition of fashion-inspired photography, illustration and fiber arts in the lobby of Falvey Hall. Fashion pictorials of the students’ designs captured by celebrity photographer Derek Blanks ’00 will be part of the exhibition.

Designers and design teams: Anna Obikane, Cary Gray, Etty Leon, Jenae Smith, Katharine Weintraub, Maria Chaverri and Jacob Whayne Dillow, Maria Chimishkyan and Leanna Pascual, Matthew Reading, Mika Eubanks, Semi Shin, Nolla Yuan, Sally Park, Stacie Baek, Taylor McMahon and Grace Kubilius, and Virginia Rohr

The show was hosted by poet Michelle "Love" Nelson, also known as LOVE the poet. Smart, feisty and fun, this woman knows how to set the mood for an inspiring evening. Nelson is a prominent poet/author on the national performance and literary art scenes and in the field of creative writing education. For more information visit

Makeup was done by none other than Emmy Award-winning makeup artist and MICA alum Reggie Wells ('71). Photographer and MICA alum Derek Blanks ('00) provided stunning images of each designer's work, on display during and after the show.



Show Director & Graphic Designer Stephen Edmond ('11)

"Stephen Edmond '11 (graphic design) had starred in the Fox TV drama K-Ville, and a Lifetime Movie Network film, Racing for Time. He's had paid internships with Emedia and the Anthony Bean Community Theater, and is writing and designing a book, Chronicles of the All Nighter, which began as a project for The Narrative, a class at MICA. He was also a board member for MICA's Black Student Union."

Interview with Stephen Edmond ('11)