See Every Look From Pratt's 2023 Student Fashion Show

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A look by designer Yichen Lu<p>Photo: Courtesy of Pratt</p>
A look by designer Yichen Lu

Photo: Courtesy of Pratt

Every year, the Pratt Institute highlights the work of its graduates with a student fashion show. On Wednesday, it staged its 122nd (!) at Pioneer Works, showcasing pieces by 21 graduates of the fashion design program.

The event began by honoring Robin GivhanThe Washington Posts senior critic-at-large, with Pratt's Fashion Visionary Award. (Previous recipients include Gabriela Hearst, Laura Kim and Fernando Garcia.) When she joined the paper in the mid-'90s, she quickly became the authoritative voice on the industry, while also writing for outlets like Harper's Bazaar, Vogue, New York Magazine and The New Yorker. She remains the only person to be awarded a Pulitzer Prize for fashion criticism.

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"Fashion has never been more powerful and as a form of communication," she said in a speech before the show. "Fashion helps us sort out our identity, define our power and find our place in the world. To every student embarking on a career in the fashion industry, my wish for you is that you find satisfaction, joy and meaning, and that you can pay your bills. And I also hope that you make the industry more inclusive, more sustainable."

Then came the runway, which showcased the work of student designers whose collections explored a range of themes, from gender to sustainability. Each collection varied significantly from one another, but they all came together in a beautiful amalgamation of aesthetics. The looks ranged from motor core-inspired knits with colorful race track patterns to innovative garments made out of tech-enhanced recyclable fibers, both speaking to major trends — and to issues within the industry today.

One student — Yichen Lu — won the prestigious Christopher Hunt "On Point" award for her collection, selected by Pratt's fashion department faculty for the $5,000 prize.

This year's graduates are especially impressive, given the fact that they completed their foundation year remotely, learning techniques like how to cut patterns and sew over Zoom — a testament to the group's diligence and commitment.

See each collection from Pratt's 2023 student fashion show below.

Shuming Gu

<p>A look by designer Shuming Gu. Photo: Courtesy of Pratt </p>

A look by designer Shuming Gu. Photo: Courtesy of Pratt

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Aimee Schmale

<p>A look by designer Aimee Schmale. Photo: Courtesy of Pratt</p>

A look by designer Aimee Schmale. Photo: Courtesy of Pratt

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Camille Bavera

<p>A look by designer Camille Bavera. Photo: Courtesy of Pratt</p>

A look by designer Camille Bavera. Photo: Courtesy of Pratt

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Kristin Guo

<p>A look by designer Kristin Guo. Photo: Courtesy of Pratt</p>

A look by designer Kristin Guo. Photo: Courtesy of Pratt

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Mackenzie O'Mara

<p>A look by designer Mackenzie O'Mara. Photo: Courtesy of Pratt</p>

A look by designer Mackenzie O'Mara. Photo: Courtesy of Pratt

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Justin Cavone

<p>A look by designer Justin Cavone. Photo: Courtesy of Pratt</p>

A look by designer Justin Cavone. Photo: Courtesy of Pratt

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Xinran Zhao

<p>A look by designer Xinran Zhao. Photo: Courtesy of Pratt</p>

A look by designer Xinran Zhao. Photo: Courtesy of Pratt

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Zoë Crane

<p>A look by designer Zoë Crane. Photo: Courtesy of Pratt</p>

A look by designer Zoë Crane. Photo: Courtesy of Pratt

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Mekinsa Emi Frith

<p>A look by designer Mekinsa Emi Frith. Photo: Courtesy of Pratt</p>

A look by designer Mekinsa Emi Frith. Photo: Courtesy of Pratt

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Phoenix Mei

<p>A look from designer Phoenix Mei. Photo: Courtesy of Pratt</p>

A look from designer Phoenix Mei. Photo: Courtesy of Pratt

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Annie McWilliams

<p>A look by designer Annie McWilliams. Photo: Courtesy of Pratt</p>

A look by designer Annie McWilliams. Photo: Courtesy of Pratt

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Cameron Bourne

<p>A look by designer Cameron Bourne. Photo: Courtesy of Pratt</p>

A look by designer Cameron Bourne. Photo: Courtesy of Pratt

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Jo Lu

<p>A look by designer Jo Lu. Photo: Courtesy of Pratt</p>

A look by designer Jo Lu. Photo: Courtesy of Pratt

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Dominique Fiorini

<p>A look by designer Dominique Fiorini. Photo: Courtesy of Pratt</p>

A look by designer Dominique Fiorini. Photo: Courtesy of Pratt

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Mingyi Teresa Wu

<p>A look by designer Mingyi Teresa Wu. Photo: Courtesy of Pratt</p>

A look by designer Mingyi Teresa Wu. Photo: Courtesy of Pratt

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Heather Ortiz

<p>A look by designer Heather Ortiz. Photo: Courtesy of Pratt</p>

A look by designer Heather Ortiz. Photo: Courtesy of Pratt

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Yue Wu

<p>A look by designer Yue Wu. Photo: Courtesy of Pratt</p>

A look by designer Yue Wu. Photo: Courtesy of Pratt

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Peiling Helen Wu

<p>A look by designer Peiling Helen Wu. Photo: Courtesy of Pratt</p>

A look by designer Peiling Helen Wu. Photo: Courtesy of Pratt

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Eden You

<p>A look by designer Eden You. Photo: Courtesy of Pratt</p>

A look by designer Eden You. Photo: Courtesy of Pratt

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Yichen Lu

<p>A look by designer Yichen Lu. Photo: Courtesy of Pratt</p><p>Photo: Courtesy of Pratt</p>

A look by designer Yichen Lu. Photo: Courtesy of Pratt

Photo: Courtesy of Pratt

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Haozhe Wang

<p>A look by designer Haozhe Wang. Photo: Courtesy of Pratt</p>

A look by designer Haozhe Wang. Photo: Courtesy of Pratt

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