Shravan Kummar, the Nixon Distinguished Speaker for the 2017 - 2018 Academic year, will be presenting a a line of clothing and speaking about his designs.
Shravan Kummar Ramaswamy has crafted magic with fabric over 18 years; a coveted journey that began when he became the first and youngest fashion designer to emerge from the classical city of Hyderabad. A true-blue fashionista, Kumar is from an emerging generation of research driven designers. Best known for the revival and reinvention of eco-friendly fabrics as well as unusual creations from unconventional fabric, Shravan Kummar draws his inspiration from the sheer volume and beauty of ethnic designs that reflects an amalgamation of colour and texture along with class. His mantra for himself is, “ Fashion is my religion”, and he feels blessed to be able to “Weave magic through fabric”.
Shravan Kummar’s philosophy is that Indian-ness is about contrived conconation of the diverse; rather than it’s an effortless understanding of the divergent. “Haute Coture”, “Pret-a-Porter” or “Mass Market” fashion should be original, stunningly woven with structure and an aesthetic craft with focus on comfort. His brand, “Shravan Kummar”, is a commitment of cutting edge technology through years of unremitting efforts in research, luxury, class, wearability and comfort.
The Nixon Distinguished Speaker Series in the College of Human Ecology was established through a generous gift of John W. and Lea P. Nixon, Class of 1953, to provide students at Cornell with greater exposure to leading scholars and professionals in the fashion and apparel industry.
Experience the potential of color through naturally dyed textiles, garments, and artworks from the Cornell Natural Dye Studio and local fiber artists. Artists include: Kimberly Phoenix, Laura Robert, Kelsie Doty, Blossom Schmitt, Erika Baumgartner Molnar, Lilly Sullivan, Rachel Getman, & Jessica Estrada. Studio organized by Professor Denise Nicole Green of FSAD.
The exhibit will be in the Nevin Welcome Center at the Cornell Botanic Garden from February 7 through June 25, 2018.
Go Figure: The Fashion Silhouette & the Female Form
November 13 - May 31, 2018
Terrace Level Showcases
Curated by Rachel Doran ('19), "Go Figure: The Fashion Silhouette & the Female Form" explores perceptions and representations of Euro-American beauty ideals across the 19th, 20th, and 21st centuries. Through outerwear and undergarments, this historical costume exhibition shows how women’s bodies have been manipulated and shaped to fit fashionable silhouettes at different moments in time. From corsetry and girdles to diet and exercise, shaping the human body is critical to fashion change and illustrates the fluctuating and dynamic nature of socio-cultural conceptions of “beauty.” The exhibit is funded by the Charlotte Jirousek Undergraduate Research Fellowship in the Cornell Costume and Textile Collection.