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Fashion Focus | imaginary i

December 16, 2023 – February 18, 2024

Image courtesy of Mary Safranski


MMoCA is pleased to present Fashion Focus | imaginary i, a special collaboration with the Fashion Design Department at Mount Mary University. This unique pop-up highlights the portfolios and garment collections designed and handmade by students and alumni of the Milwaukee-based school.

This is the second year that the two institutions have worked together. The inaugural collaboration was sparked by a chance encounter and a thematic correlation made between the student’s collections and an exhibition on view at MMoCA. The result was a month-long pop-up exhibition in the Museum’s Rooftop Lounge.

Following the success of the previous collaboration, Mount Mary University faculty Ashley J. Brooks and Elena Pitts designed their course curriculum to correspond with the exhibition imaginary i, now on view at MMoCA. Using science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) as a departure point, the students designed and developed garments. Drawing inspiration from mathematical concepts such as the Fibonacci sequence, cymatics, and complex geometry, the designs creatively explore the intersection of math and art.

Fashion Focus | imaginary i not only provides an opportunity to reflect on the exhibition imaginary i, but also reveals how art, math, and science explore and seek out unknown worlds and make them tangible. The collaboration will be on view from December 16, 2023–February 18, 2024. Admission is always free at MMoCA.