Boston Symphony Orchestra's Project Debussy
Design a dress inspired by the music of Claude Debussy. That was the challenge given to area fashion and design students, who showed off their work at the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s Project Debussy last night.
The young energy was palpable in Symphony Hall. “It’s great to get students involved with the music,” says Sarah Manoog, Director of Marketing for the BSO and the brains behind the annual Project series. “I did come up with it, but it’s taken on a life of it’s own,” she says. “The designers have really made it theirs.”
I snuck backstage before the show to see the dresses. Models shuffled carefully from the steamer to the jewelry and make-up tables as the designers hovered around them. Flowers were pinned on, trains held up, and fly-away hairs smoothed. They models and designers walked out for a preview before the BSO presented its Strauss, Dutilleux, and Debussy concert, featuring Swiss conductor Charles Dutoit and French cellist Gautier Capuçon — and patrons admired the ruffles and delicate stitching as the girls posed on the red carpet.
The actual fashion show took place just after the concert. Judging the dresses were Catheline van den Branden, president and executive director of the French Cultural Center, fashion designer Sara Campbell, Improper Bostonian columnist Jonathan Soroff, Alan Bilzerian, owner of the boutique by the same name, and Althea Blackford, executive producer and host of Style It Up. Designer Teresa Calabro secured the “People’s Choice” category, and Kowoon Jeong was crowned the overall winner of Project Debussy for her stunning moonlight-inspired gown.
And Manoog put it, “this event is great for Symphony and great exposure for the designers.” After all, who couldn’t use a bit of celebratory glam in February?
Here are some photos I took backstage and during the pre-show walk: