Teen Stylin’ 2021: Tempo

May 2–June 6, 2021

West Rock Art Education Center

On view at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, this exhibition features designer renderings and garments created by 42 Virginia students, in grades six through twelve, who participated in the May 2, 2021, Teen Stylin’: Tempo Runway Show. The works in this exhibition include the winning garments in these categories: Best in Show, Best Use of Materials, Most Creative Construction, Best Interpretation of a Work of Art, Best Interpretation of the Theme, and Most Wearable.

Two Teen Stylin' Teens working on a design

Teen Stylin’ is an annual VMFA program that challenges students with a passion for clothing design, studio arts, installation art, and creative construction to make a unique, wearable work of art. Participants worked for twelve weeks, from February to April, with local fashion designers and studio arts instructors to construct garments inspired by objects from the VMFA collection. Teen Stylin’ culminates with a runway exhibition show featuring students’ designs.

A designer working on a design

This year’s theme, “Tempo,” was inspired by VMFA’s special exhibition The Dirty South: Contemporary Art, Material Culture, and the Sonic Impulse. Students reflected on how music and sound could influence and/or be integrated into their final garment.

In response to the challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic, the majority of participants created their garments at home with online assistance from instructors. A small group of participants was selected to complete garments on campus during weekly workshops and during the museum’s Open Studios that take place on select Sundays.

2021 Teen Stylin’ Participants:

Waverly Adams Parrish, Ella Bingham, Anne Both, Sydney Brewer, Keira Clancy, Renna Crislip, Janiah Dottin-Carter, Adelina Doyle, Anna Earman, Analiese Edds, Maddie Edicola, Adrienne Franke, Melanie Garber, Delphie Garrison, Lauryn Giddings, Caroline Glass, Tabitha Gutierrez, Maryam Heram, Harry Hettrick, Ellie Johnson, Camille Kidwell, Zander Klein, Kiersten Knight-Floyd, Malena Lo Prete, Lautaro Lo Prete, Gracen Long, Ingrid Marquez, Jumana Meri, Ariana Miller, Vien Nguyen, Maria Palacios Sandoval, Catherine Powell, AnnDouglas Rabon, Abby Robinson, Ava Rogers, Adelaide Sasser-Strom, Kaiya Shah, Juliana Skopp-Cardillo, Evelyn Tew, Eleanor Trask, Ajai Upadhyaya, Carson Webb

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