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Kent State Student Wins Big at MOCA Cleveland's Fashion Competition

Posted Mar. 8, 2012

The Relentless Row, by Senior KSU Fashion Design student Deanna Turcotte, placing first in a fashion competition hosted by The Museum of Contemporary Art ClevelandThe Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland hosted a fashion competition on Sat., Feb. 25 to highlight student fashion work in the Cleveland area and its main gallery exhibit, "Ursula von Rydingsvard: Sculpture" on view until March 31.

Senior Kent State Fashion Design student, Deanna Turcotte, won the competition with her garment "The Relentless Row" and was awarded a $500 prize, a $50 gift card to Dredgers Union and a window display of her garment at the Dredgers Union storefront. The People's Choice honor was awarded to Margaret Burton of the Cleveland Institute of Art.

"It feels amazing to win!" said Turcotte. "I am very excited to use the prize for a trip to New York City during Spring Break and plan on meeting with industry professionals to get ready for graduation."

Participants were asked to create original designs based on the theme "monumentality" and on its main gallery exhibition, "Ursula von Rydingsvard: Sculplture." According to Pita Brooks, MOCA's visitor services manager, von Rydingsvard's work isn't based on fashion, but her pieces have style components -- such as lacelike patterns, curves and silhouettes -- that the contestants used for inspiration.

"Ursula von Rydingsvard's work often deals with the contrast between the biological and the industrial, so I decided to further explore this idea in my work," said Turcotte. "I love using unusual materials in my design but disguising them so that the viewer is surprised to learn it's actually made of neckties and beetle wings."

Turcotte's garment will appear in the storefront window of Dredgers Union within the next few weeks. Located in the heart of downtown Cleveland's E. 4th St. neighborhood and featuring its own domestically produced private label of apparel and home goods, the Dredgers Union places an emphasis on "Domestically Produced Values."

About MOCA Cleveland - Founded as The New Gallery in 1968, and then renamed the Cleveland Center for Contemporary Art in 1984, MOCA Cleveland continues to evolve in exciting new ways while producing original, compelling exhibitions. Over the past seven years, MOCA has become a major producer of exhibitions, which has fueled its reputation as a visionary leader. In addition to featuring the work of national and international artists, MOCA consistently showcases established and emerging artists living in the Cleveland area through continuing exhibition programs like the PULSE series and the Wendy L. Moore Emerging Artists Series.

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