Designer Kelly Keene goes Full Fashion Panic at MCAD

Designer Kelly Keene goes Full Fashion Panic at MCAD
Designs by Kelly Keene

This Saturday, five local designers will show collections at Full Fashion Panic as part of the Schoolgirls and Mobilesuits academic conference and Minneapolis-St. Paul FashionWeek. For the evening, each designer has created pieces inspired by anime, manga, and Japanese street fashion.

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Designer Kelly Keene goes Full Fashion Panic at MCAD

Kelly Keene, a student at Minneapolis Community and Technical College, has been working on her SGMS collection since July. The concept for her line is "the evolution of a girl," and tells the story of a daughter of a pirate captain who dreams of being captain someday. Each look matures as the young woman moves through stages in life.

"I adore dressing up, and I wanted to create pieces that were fancy and elegant with a hint of mischievousness," Keene says.

Attending Full Fashion Panic last year to see a classmate's collection prompted Keene to  participate in the show this season.

"I really enjoyed seeing the different ways designers used fashion to express their interest in Japanese culture," Keene says. "I also liked that the designs weren't something you could buy in a department store and that they had an element of fantasy because those are two things that I try to follow when creating my designs."

As a young designer, Keene has already found her own unique style and draws inspiration from the Renaissance period, romance novel heroines, and fantasy fiction characters. Her designs typically use metals and neutral colors, and are often Steampunk-themed.

Keene participated in MNfashion's Red Dress Collection last February after wowing judges at the Hearts for Fashion show at Mall of America. She was the only student selected to show a gown at the high profile fashion show. She looks forward to participating in Minneapolis-St. Paul Fashion Week this season, but creating a collection without the guidance and support of instructors was nerve-wracking. It's been a learning process and Keene says she has enjoyed seeing her ideas come to life.

"Seeing the enthusiasm on my models' faces as they see the garments progress from muslin mockups to fashion fabric has easily been the most rewarding part of creating the collection so far," Keene says. "I think it will be euphoric to see them walk down the runway in full garb."

Other participants include Madkitsune Designs, Endorphinz by Payton, Haus of Elle!, and Punkktual.


Full Fashion Panic
2501 Stevens Ave., Minneapolis
7-10 p.m. Saturday, September 28
$15 advance/$20 at door

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