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Lunar Gala Magazine

Issue #01

February 2014


CON T E N TS Lunar Gala Magazine Issue No. 1

06 Letter From the Producers A word from the Lunar Gala directors

07 Ellipses Before the shimmer, comes the fall

19 Seen at CMU Excellent style spotted at Carnegie Mellon

23 The LG Designer Lines Get to know the looks of Lunar Gala 2014

41 Lunar Gala and Beyond Catch up with our LG Alumni

45 Reduce. Seduce. Recycle. RedBull wearable fashion

53 Enter Hypn么se The illusion is beautiful


PHOTO CREDIT // CHLOE CHIA

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CeeCee Chang (left) Alanna Fusaro (right)


DEA R READER, What you are holding in your hands is the beloved translation of our restless neurons to polychromatic ink. This is the essential supplement to complete your Lunar Gala experience. And this is the first of its kind. We at Lunar Gala are dedicated to creating a unique visual experience for the audience. Our premise is to push the boundaries of fashion on the runway, but our goal is to create a show worthy of your memory. If your mind remains in the world that we have created when you leave the show, then we will have fulfilled our job. That is why it is critical to choose a theme that embodies the correct, powerful imagery. This year we elected Hypn么se to be our theme. We chose to interpret Hypn么se as a hypnotic, dream-like state that stimulates the mind and heightens the senses. It is induced by an organic poison that drips into the veins and splits reality into multi-faceted dimensions. In each dimension, the surrounding air becomes a pool of rippling, breathing water that continually twists into a meshwork of silver glitter. The sensation of weight is removed, and the spectrum of visible light exponentially expands... Lovely reader, we have poured tens of meetings, hundreds of hours, and thousands of emails into the pages of this magazine, so we hope you enjoy what you may find. We simply cannot imagine the show without you. Thank you so much for your support. With love, The LG Producers

Alanna Fusaro Executive Producer of Creative

CeeCee Chang Executive Producer of Production

P.S. Happy Year of the Horse!

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ELL I P S E S Hypnôse Prelude

Before the shimmer, comes the fall. Traced-in angles and pencil scratches line her ears and shed silver to light. In the ice ridge she hears last night’s record play and when her eyes run up the music’s slippery luster, her mind follows. She’s inside now, white strings binding wrist to shoulder to lip. Look between the metric twists. It’s soft there, where finger reaches cheekbone and the muted star glow slides to meet her touch before she unties her hair and plunges under.

PHOTO & POST-PRODUCTION CREDITS // SONAL CHAKRASALI MODEL CREDITS // AUSTIN BOHN, LILLIE FERRIS, KATRINA GUALTIERI, EMMA HARGER, SUNNY LI & EMMA YOUNG


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PHOTO CREDIT // YUTONG CHEN

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PHOTO CREDIT // YUTONG CHEN

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TH E L G DESI G N E R LI N E S Get to know the looks of Lunar Gala 2014

PHOTO CREDIT // YUTONG CHEN POST-PRODUCTION CREDITS // YUTONG CHEN & ALICIA KNIGHT


C O COON Miriam Buchwald

I’m a sophomore Industrial Designer, who enjoys breaking the rules of convention. The most significant aspect of my line is that it’s made entirely from hot glue. The looks are inspired by the unraveling of a cocoon. I designed many unique fabrics in order to create dresses that vary from edgy to traditional.

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S AINT K N O X Keith Joseph & Hayden Smith

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We are third year industrial design students pursuing our interest of fashion on the side. Our collection draws inspiration from the decaying nature of organic and inorganic materials. The paradox inherent within ‘beautiful decay’ is the cornerstone of our line, resulting in the combination of dark solids and light sheer fabrics. The pieces are intended to convey a confident and casual aesthetic, which combined with the natural color palette, results in an easy-going line of modern street wear.


FJORTIS Anna Cederquist

With my graduation fast approaching, I was influenced by my increasing fear of entering the real world and becoming a “real� adult. The concept for Fjortis stemmed from the idea of children playing dress-up and pretending to be older than they really are. The silhouettes and fabric choices of the line dance between what is considered mature and childish.

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H ET EROP T ER A Liana Kong

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I am currently a junior industrial design student. My line takes direct inspiration from the book Heteroptera by Cornelia Hesse-Honegger, where she illustrates mutations caused by radioactivity. I wanted to create wearables that have a slight mutation to evoke a sense of human destruction on other living creatures as well as themselves.


BIOME Ying Lin, Josh Lopez-Binder & Paulina Reyes

The Biome line is about exploring the organic expressiveness of nature through computational design and digital fabrication. We’ve combined digital modeling with traditional sewing techniques to realize complex forms in our designs.

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S ENH U A Chloe Chia, Alex Kane & Jessica Shen

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We are sophomores in Design, Computer Science, Business and French. Coming from several backgrounds, we put together Senhua, a fashion line that experiments with unconventional materials, dyes, and wearability. Senhua plays with balances between hand and technology (including completely hand dyed and designed fabrics as well as laser cut plastics and other materials), flow and rigidity, natural and sublime.


D IL AT E Gina Huang, Irene Joung & Angelina Namkung

We are a group of sophomores majoring in design and art. Dilate experiments and expands upon the notion of how light, ephemeral and intangible, can be incorporated into wearable materials. This line reflects how we are visually captivated by a single bulb, like moths to a flame.

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L UMI Christin Bongiorni & Mia Skinner

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LUMI fuses illuminating electronics with bluetooth technology to create unique interactive clothing. Today, there is a barrier between technology and non-technical goods. The constant interaction that we have with technology we look to incorporate into clothing to create a unique and immersive experience for a diverse set of people. By controlling illuminating electronics on LUMI clothing with a smartphone, we engage both the wearer and the audience. Christin Bongiorni, a sophomore Fine Arts student, and Mia Skinner, a senior in the Tepper School of Business, are a Big Sister Little Sister team in Delta Delta Delta.


MU REA U X Shivani Jain & Jacqueline Yeung

We are third year architecture students who have always been conscious about fashion and formmaking. In the Renaissance, Michaelangelo derives an understanding of the human form through exaggeration. He imagines hyper realistic bodies in his paintings, greatly emphasizing human form. With this approach, Mureaux dictates form through the extrusions of the body.

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C APSA ICI N Colleen Clifford

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I’m currently a third year architecture student. For my line, I took inspiration from toucans, and translated the quirky bird into a graphic vision, meant for an urban environment. I abstracted the simple ‘toucan’ palette and graphics to create layered original textiles and patterns.


UV Samantha Chiu & Antonio Ono

We’re both junior design students. Our line takes inspiration from the colors, geometry, and textures evocative of digital environments. By using a combination of minimal resort wear and accessories that connote digital interfaces and retro computer graphics, we’re exploring the relationship people might have with intimate forms of computing.

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YOU TH Eilleen Huang

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I am currently a freshman design student with a strong interest in Victorian costume. My line YOUTH is inspired by what the Victorian Era of the future, or the Neo-Victorian Era, would resemble. As the title indicates, YOUTH is also heavily influenced by the culture and liveliness of youths. Using playful and vivid colors and fabrics, my line is driven by the combination of the past and the future.


ERRORZ Aya Demler & Rick Shanor

We are juniors studying Mechanical Engineering and Design/HCI. We were inspired by EDM stages and its careful construction through geometric reflective shapes and pulsing beams of light. Using acrylics and LED lighting for our line, we wanted to pay tribute to the engineering power and precisions involved in creating these lavish electronic experiences. We created a collection that aims to capture the same sense of chaotic energy and fantasy that stages of EDM have emulated so well.

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VA GOBA Vishaal Dokras

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In the Indian dialect Marathi, ‘vagoba’ means Lion. Just as the lion has two types of fur—the main base coat overpowered by the grand and powerful mane, this line has two different inspirations forming each individual piece. Vagoba is a critique on the way the British Empire invaded India and stripped the civilization down to a vulnerable core. Hence, the core garments represent a traditional Indian style, whereas the embellishments, prints, and colors are inspired by European florals and textiles. The result strives for a sense of regality, culture, and power.


AVALOK ITA Susan Park & Jane Yoon

We are both junior communication design majors. Avalokita is inspired by the buddhist God, Avalokitesvara, who embodies compassions and aspires to free all living things from suffering. We strive to represent the beauty of traditional asian culture through elegant buddhist prints juxtaposing with delicate texture of sheer fabrics and bold primary colors.

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S PECT RA L DIS CO R D Rachel Ciavarella

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I am currently a Junior Industrial Design student. Spectral Discord is a representation of the sensory over-stimulation caused by the modern day information flood. Bright contrasting patterns and color blocked sections combine to create an intense visually overwhelming aesthetic that mimics the distracting nature of excessive media exposure.


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LU N A R GALA A N D BE Y ON D Catch up with our LG Alumni

PHOTO CREDIT // YUTONG CHEN POST-PRODUCTION CREDITS // YUTONG CHEN & ALICIA KNIGHT


luther young Tell us about your responsibilities as a graphic designer for J.Crew. I work within the Brand Creative department as a graphic designer for jcrew.com. The team designs all creative elements from Editorial content to eCommerce platforms.

If you could do LG again what would you design? If I did LG again, I would design accessories, but I would also create really robust costumes too. That’s one element that I wish I could’ve factored in back in 2011.

What is the most challenging thing about your career? The most challenging part of my career is coordinating my demands with the demands of various departments. There area always a lot of functional and stylistic demands that my projects require.

What’s some advice for students aspiring to work in the creative industry? Be confident in your ability to create good ideas and translate them into visual form. And don’t be afraid to ask questions.

Where do you draw inspiration for your creative work and/or personal style? I think NYC is a great inspiration for creative work. There are so many moving pieces in the city that you can be inspired my the most radical or simple things that you stumble across. In of terms style, J.Crew has become a heavy influence, but I always try to add a bit of a “street” element to make it my own.

What is your favorite LG memory? My favorite LG moment was the dress rehearsal before the final show. I had a chance to sit in the audience and see the full production. It was cool to see my work on stage.

Any up-and-coming designers you’ve been keeping an eye on? The recent CFDA award winners, PUBLIC SCHOOL are really dope. I heard about them back in 2010 when I was at CMU. But I’ll be interested to see what they produce since they’ve won this award. Top five essentials for 2014. Hmmmmm….this is gonna be from a guys perspective, is that cool? Dark Pants, Boots, Indigo Shirts, Beards and Cash (always carry cash).

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mee eddi won His involvement with Lunar Gala during his time at Carnegie Mellon has helped grow this organization to what it is now. He was a designer from 2008-2012 and was the producer for the 2011 show: Mélange. He now works at Comme des Garçons in New York.

What is it like working at Comme des Garçons? I feel like I’m part of a secret society. “Interesting” clothing for “interesting” people. Designer crush? Tom Ford. Architect turned fashion designer.

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How do you think your experiences with Lunar Gala helped you in the fashion world? Working with so many different creative individuals from so many different backgrounds was the best training for me. Working in the real world is just like working on LG, but on a bigger scale in a much shorter time frame. With LG, you had about 4.5 months to prepare until show day. Normally you would have less than half that time.

Model crush? Ranya Mordanova from Russia. She was cast for a Fall/Winter 2012 show that I had worked on. She barely spoke English. I was taking a few photographs backstage an hour before the show. She gave me this wink and smirk as I looked through the camera lens. I think that was the best portrait ever.


stop complainin so much an get shit don If you could choose 3 items from your closet that you couldn’t live without, what would they be? Nike Air Max 1’s that I designed, black Alexander Wang jeans that I wear almost every day, and a plain white tee from Uniqlo. These three make the perfect look for me.

When you were a student at CMU what were your future goals, and how have those goals changed since graduating? I knew I wanted to be a Renaissance man. I wanted to do everything in the creative world. Now that I’ve jumped from architecture to fashion, the food industry might be next. Iron Chef perhaps? It’d be nice to cook and eat all day for a living.

What do you miss most about LG? Funniest LG story? Definitely the parties. After my first LG afterparty in 2007, I ended up in the hospital the next morning. I don’t even remember why. Oh, and the day after the 2012 show, I saw a bunch of models stuffing their faces with pizza. No more diets!

How did studying architecture at CMU help prepare you for entering the fashion world? I got my ass beat everyday as an architect. That taught me to stop complaining so much and get shit done! But in all seriousness, the two industries go hand in hand. Drawing building plans and elevations is just like pattern making in fashion. It’s all the same process. Words of advice for the models/designers in LG this year? Get shit done!

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REDU C E . SED U C E . RECY C L E . Recyclable Fashion sponsored by Red Bull

PHOTO & POST-PRODUCTION CREDITS // SONAL CHAKRASALI & MICHAEL LOFFREDO


DESIGNER // JULIA WONG MODEL // TIFFANY NGUYEN


DESIGNER // KEITH KELLY MODEL // ISAIAH EDMONDS

DESIGNER // SHANNA CHAN MODEL // EMMA YOUNG


DESIGNER // SAM SANDERS MODEL // AUSTIN BOHN


DESIGNER // JOANNE LO MODEL // KENDRA HO


DESIGNER // JULIA WONG MODEL // TIFFANY NGUYEN

DESIGNER // QIAOCHU KRIS LI MODEL // CAROLINA TAMAYO


EN T E R HYP N ÔS E The Illusion is Beautiful

There’s a prism between your fingertips: the lightness is deceiving, but one look through the glass can’t hurt. Your eye meets the coldness for a moment, but then you feel the warmth when colors rush in. What you see before you has turned more opulent than the naked mind can ever imagine. The distortion is melodic and you feel a steadiness in the explosion of fractals, the gossamer haze is rhythmic and right. Enter HYPNÔSE. The illusion is beautiful.

PHOTO & POST-PRODUCTION CREDITS // CHLOE CHIA MODEL CREDITS // JIBBY ANI, LAUREN GOLDSTEIN, SOPHIE PARINELLO & JESSICA UPHOFF


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