Thom Browne wasn’t the only award winner at last night‘s Pratt Institute Fashion show.
Graduating Pratt student Madeline Gruen received the Pratt Fashion Entrepreneurship Award, which will provide her with a fashion design studio in the Pratt Design Incubator rent-free for one year after graduation, free tuition to Pratt’s new Design Entrepreneurship program, and ongoing business guidance through the Incubator’s mentorship network.
“I’m very excited to continue making beautiful things,” she said of the incredible opportunity. “It means my whole world is going to change!”
She also won the “Liz Claiborne Award – Concept to Product,” which comes with $25,000 funded by the Liz Claiborne and Art Ortenberg Foundation. The fund is meant to help cover the costs of developing a collection to show during New York Fashion Week.
Gruen told us she hopes to one day open a salon catering to gay men looking for “outfits to wear and shine at their own weddings.” Good things she’s nabbed an internship with Browne after graduation. She says she hopes to learn about tailoring from him (great choice of mentor!).
Still, Gruen was just one of 17 students who showed last night at the 114th Annual Pratt Institute Fashion Show. The collections from each student ranged from sporty-cool (set to Macklemore’s “Thrift Shop,” natch) to highly conceptual. It was an incredible range of talent and ideas.
“I was impressed, that’s for sure,” Pratt Fashion Chair Jennifer Minniti proudly said of this year’s class.
“I’ve been teaching for 16 years and I don’t think I’ve seen this level of creativity in a long time, so I think that says something about the future of fashion.”
Check out some of our favorite looks from the show here (and if you want to check out the full thing, head over to Pratt’s YouTube page):
Photos: Getty, unless otherwise noted