Re-Designing History: The Competition


In conjunction with our current exhibit, Re-Designing History: FIDM Museum Study Collection, 1850-2000, FIDM Museum & Galleries held a design competition for currently enrolled FIDM students to re-design history by creating illustrations inspired by this high-fashion, c. 1872 fuchsia day dress from the FIDM Museum Study Collection.

S20088975ab Day dress
c. 1872
Gift of Steven Porterfield

The competition was open to all majors on all campuses and more than sixty entries were submitted. The winning designs were chosen by a panel of judges who looked for overall creativity, visual composition, and design inspiration. The winning illustration (below) was designed by Elizabeth Teemley, a Theatre Costume Design student at FIDM. Look forward to a post from Elizabeth describing how she arrived at this illustration!

10339j_Re-Designing History Student Competition_DSC_9320_final_borderElizabeth Teemley’s 1st place illustration.

We thank all of our talented students for their entries and congratulate our three winners who used history to re-design the future.

10341j_Re-Designing History Opening_DSC_0483 L to R: Marc Blaskovits (2nd Place, Graphic Design), Elizabeth Teemley (1st Place, Theatre Costume Design), Katrina Andrews (3rd Place, Fashion Design)

2 responses to “Re-Designing History: The Competition

  1. Hani says:

    How exactly does the illustration resemble the original dress?

  2. Rachel says:


    We’ll have to wait and see what Elizabeth has to say about her creative process! Her post will be coming sometime in the next few weeks.

    Contest entrants were directed to create illustrations inspired by the original dress, not exact replicas. I suspect that Elizabeth was inspired by Gothic Lolita, a style of dress in Japan that is loosely based on Victorian dress.

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