This exhibition features designer renderings and garments created by fifty-seven Virginia students in grades six through twelve who participated in the Teen Stylin’: Mementos runway show, held May 5, 2024.

The theme Mementos inspired students to explore the memories that objects carry. This includes objects that we personally inherit and hold onto as well as the objects in the museum’s collection.

The garments on view include winners in the following 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.

Held annually, the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Teen Stylin’ program challenges students with a passion for clothing design, studio arts, installation art, and creative construction to make a unique, wearable work of art. Participants work for twelve weeks, from February to May, with local fashion designers and studio art instructors to construct garments inspired by objects from the VMFA collection. Students may participate during on-campus weekly workshops or as part of the independent study program. Teen Stylin’ culminates with a runway exhibition featuring students’ designs.

Visit VMFA’s website to learn more about teen programs at the museum:

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