Design Talents on the Rise: Mariana Gorey and Qing Guo

by The Daily Front Row
Academy of Art University

The Academy of Art University will hold its graduate show on September 8, during New York Fashion Week. Ahead of the event, The Daily is highlighting some of the unique talents presenting their MFA collections at the show. 


Academy of Art University Mariana Gorey

Mariana Gorey (Academy of Art University)

What to expect: A womenswear collection of silk satin-faced organza and cotton canvas pieces in vibrant hues.

Inspirations: The designer’s memories of struggling with dyslexia while studying in France, and the creative approach of painter/sculptor/photographer Cy Twombly.

Worth noting: Gorey also has a degree in art history. Fittingly, the collection is described as a “triumphant ode to artistic expression.”


Instagram: @mcgorey

Mood board from Mariana Gorey (Academy of Art University)


Academy of Art University Qing Guo

Qing Guo (Academy of Art University)

What to expect: A menswear collection that is utilitarian yet bold, balancing functionality and showmanship.

Key themes: Paper lanterns. Guo’s favorite holidays are the Mid-Autumn Festival and the Lantern Festival in China. She also grew up making lanterns with her father.

Unexpected details: All that leather in her collection? It’s vegan!


Instagram: @qing.g_

Mood board from Qing Guo (Academy of Art University)

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