Amadeus Guchhait, 21, junior
Hometown: Ellicott City
Show title: "Gilded"
How would you describe your collection? The collection is a study on the reconciliation of opposites. Each ensemble examines the divide between elegance and irreverence, masculine and feminine, Western and Eastern, tailored and deconstructed. These disparate influences evoke the idea of a "gilded age": a gleaming exterior belying a decaying interior, an image built upon romanticization of (what was in actuality) a repressive and oppressive past. Ambiguity, as well, is an important concept, with blurred visions of gender, era and culture providing the foundation for further exploration of traditional Western ideas on civilization, sex, race and the definition of "progress."
How did it come together? For me, creation is a balance between sudden inspiration, which in the context of fashion means that I will have a complete idea come to me in an instant and I have to rush to draw it before it gets away, and gradual re-envisioning of these inspired ideas as I realize what I can and cannot do with the money or time I have to complete the line. The process started last summer when I knew I was going to take the multimedia event class and it is ongoing. It will continue until my work is more or less officially over, roughly on the last day of the benefit fashion show, which comes after the experimental event. After that, if I want to add or alter anything, I can do it on my own time. — Tim Mahoney, Apr. 2, 2014