Genius: Designer Rachel Antonoff Created a Full-Blown Science Fair for Her Fashion Show

Laurel Pinson
Genius: Designer Rachel Antonoff Created a Full-Blown Science Fair for Her Fashion Show
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Designer Rachel Antonoff has long been known for her jaw-dropping, fully imagined presentations, but her Fall 2015 presentation was so jaw-droppingly awesome that nearly everyone in attendance found excuses to stay and linger.

Held at the Professional Children’s School near Lincoln Center (the hub of Fashion Week—though not for much longer), Antonoff created a full-blown science fair to present her Fall 2015 collection, complete with exhibits covering everything from the solar system to botany.

“We start every collection’s design around a story, and this one is a love triangle that takes place at a college between a student and two of her teachers,” Antonoff told us. “Fern, the student, is sleeping with her biology teacher, Seymour, who is in love with the botany teacher, Angelica, who has a crush on fern. So it was the marriage of biology and botany—hence the organ garden print, which looks like a floral, but if you look closely, is organs.”

How did Antonoff choose the venue? Well, it turns out it’s her alma mater—and the creation of the “fair” was an immense project that involved multiple visual artists, in addition to Antonoff’s long-running set designer, Chelsea Maruskin.

“We’ve worked with her on everything. She and I brainstormed and then brought on different artists who did some of the boards. It was just a big all-hands-on-deck thing since, like, 6 a.m. today.”

Suffice it to say that a presentation like this goes a long way to getting a designer noticed in the hustle and bustle of Fashion Week, and we’ll be on the lookout for Antonoff’s killer organ-floral prints come fall. (Look closely: they’re amazing!)

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A model poses in front of a dissected frog exhibit, created by illustrator Joey Korein.

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A gemstones exhibit at Rachel Antonoff's Fall 2015 presentation.

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Who, indeed, gave this girl mono? Suspects apparently include Mae Whitman, star up the upcoming film "The Duff."

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A solar system-themed exhibit at Rachel Antonoff's Fall 2015 presentation.

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A new take on plaid uniforms next to an "experiment" at Rachel Antonoff's Fall 2015 presentation.

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A butterfly exhibit at Rachel Antonoff's Fall 2015 presentation.

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A botany exhibit at Rachel Antonoff's Fall 2015 collection.

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