Mike Ternosky, head designer for Obey Clothing, a women’s and men’s streetwear brand, will receive the 2016 Spirit of Design Award at Philadelphia University’s fashion show on April 21 at 7 p.m. at Moulin at Sherman Mills in Philadelphia’s East Falls neighborhood.
Ternosky, who graduated from Philadelphia University in 2000, grew up skateboarding and surfing in Avalon, N.J. After studying fashion design, his combination of interests led him to California, where in 2000 he helped establish Obey Clothing as an offshoot of the work of Shepard Fairey, the artist known for his iconic “Hope” poster of President Obama.
Obey Clothing is heavily influenced by classic military design, workwear basics and various cultural movements.
Sheila Connelly, fashion design program director, said, “Mike’s work as a design director at Obey has been lauded on a national level. Obey is a brand that is instantly recognizable to our students and prospective students and we are proud to have the opportunity to honor Mike’s design talent.”
Philadelphia University’s fashion show highlights each year’s most creative and innovative student fashion and textile design. The show will feature about 250 looks including gowns created for the American Heart Association’s annual red dress event and fashion shown on the New York Fashion Week runway. Carson Kressley, a member of Philadelphia University’s board of trustees, will serve as host of the fashion show, and NBC10’s Bill Henley is the show’s emcee.