Fashion and art are colliding this winter thanks to the continued partnership between Scottsdale Fashion Square and Arizona State University’s School of Art that started last summer. The shopping center is currently showcasing new works of art by students in the fashion program, which draws from all areas across campus, including engineering, architecture, painting, drawing and music.
“Scottsdale Fashion Square is one of the most innovative shopping centers in the country,” says Christina Lanoue, assistant vice president of property management for Macerich. “As a leading luxury destination, we’re always looking for ways to reinvent, reimagine and plan for the future. So a partnership with Arizona State University’s School of Art makes a lot of sense, as these talented students are bound to transform the industry with their creativity and inventiveness.”
The collection, created by undergraduate students, is on display in a retail space at Scottsdale Fashion Square, on the upper level of the shopping center, in the Harkins Theatre wing.
“Hands-on projects and experiences like this help us to prepare our students for a variety of roles in the fashion and art industry,” says Galina Mihaleva, the ASU School of Art instructor who led the Fashion Construction II and Fashion Technology assignments. “Our students are thrilled to have their work on display in such a high-profile location in our community.”
Established in the fall of 2017, ASU’s fashion program combines a global perspective with strong industry ties. Classes in the program include fashion illustration, merchandising, design, construction and technology. ASU’s fashion program is led by Dennita Sewell, an ASU School of Art professor of practice who is also The Jacquie Dorrance Curator of Fashion Design at Phoenix Art Museum, along with a team of professionals.