MMoCA Presents a Collaboration with the Fashion Department of Mount Mary University
MADISON, WI—The Madison Museum of Contemporary Art (MMoCA) will present Fashion Focus | Home, a special collaboration with the Fashion Design Department at Mount Mary University highlighting portfolios and garment collections designed and handmade by students and alumnae of the Milwaukee-based school. The collaboration was sparked by a broadcast news report about the university’s fashion design program, which prompted MMoCA to reach out with the school about a collaboration.
The collections highlighted in the broadcast shared a common theme with the MMoCA exhibition Home—each reflects on memory, contemplation, and reclamation of home. The Mount Mary designers found inspiration in the places and people that define home for them, resulting in creations that not only transport viewers, but also promote greater understanding of belonging, origins, and even displacement.
In conversation, Mount Mary University and MMoCA developed Fashion Focus | Home. Central to the collaboration is course curriculum based on the concept of home developed by Assistant Professor Elena Pitts.
“Mount Mary University is ranked one of the most ethnically and economically diverse universities in the Midwest, and our students understand the importance of their cultural diversity, too,” said Pitts. “Our designers use the lens of fashion to voice their unique perspectives and communicate their heritage and identities.”
Mount Mary University Fashion Design graduates Asma Dasan, Anastasia Gouchtchina, Maka Muhidin, and Shoua Xiong are represented by their junior and senior collections as well as preparatory materials. Current students May Martinez-Gonzalez, Ro Storrs, Kailey Stout, and Leann Monika Wolf have shared their process books, presentation folders, and sketches illustrating their responses to home.
Says Anastasia Gouchtchina, who graduated in 2022 and is showing her collection Unorthodox Gold, “I was born in Belarus and moved to Wisconsin in 2000. My family worked hard with very little to live, and our comfort was our traditions. I grew up feeling embarrassed about things that made me different, but now I only see the beauty.”
Fashion Focus | Home not only provides an opportunity to reflect on the exhibition Home, it also reveals how deeply personal inspiration can be for artists working in all media. Moreover, it encourages viewers to consider the significance of the garments they choose to wear and how they resonate with individual histories and identities. The collaboration will be on view from December 17, 2022–January 29, 2023. Admission is always free at MMoCA.
About Mount Mary University
Mount Mary University is rated the top institution in the Midwest for social mobility, ensuring that undergraduate women of all backgrounds succeed. Sponsored by the School Sisters of Notre Dame, Mount Mary is a diverse and inclusive Catholic university located in Milwaukee, Wis., committed to social justice through 50+ undergraduate majors for women and 12 graduate programs open to all genders. #IAmMountMary
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