NEW YORK — New talent is the fabric of any industry. Over the last month, the country’s art and design schools have been saying goodbye to the class of 2004 with a stream of runway presentations rich with potential. While some of the most promising looks so far have come from winners of various awards, our editors have found a healthy wealth of ideas all around, along with a breadth of interest as students addressed numerous markets including lingerie, bridal and children’s. One needs only a few moments with some of these budding designers to recognize their savvy, determination and self-confidence. Now, all they need is a little luck — and industry support — to turn their runway dreams into reality. Congratulations, ’04!
Photographs by Talaya Centeno, John Aquino, Donato Sardella, Lee Salem and Courtesy of Pratt Institute.