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2014 botanical fashion show

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botanical fashion showSix students participated in the fashion show.

botanical fashion showAfter modeling their creations, the artists answered questions about their materials and process.

botanical fashion showJonah's creation (modeled by Megan), comprised of layered Sugar Maple leaves (Acer saccharum) with jewelry fashioned from woven Weeping Willow (Salix babylonica) and Ginkgo biloba leaves, conveys the feeling of autumn.

botanical fashion showKaren's ensemble includes a finely crafted bodice of birch bark, woven pine needles and dried flowers.

botanical fashion showShe accessorized the outfit with jewelry fashioned from hot peppers.

botanical fashion showBodice detail.

botanical fashion showPhoebe fashioned her outfit from lime peels, corn husks, cotton thread, raffia rope, holly leaves, pine needles and acorn caps.

botanical fashion showOlivia's three-piece outfit represents a single flower. The skirt is dyed with Red Cabbage (Brassica oleracea).

botanical fashion showThe top is the flower: Whirlwind (Anemone japonica (hybrida)), Big Bounce White (Impatiens walleriana), Gerbera Bayadere (Gerbera jamesonii), Chrysanthemum Yellow Daisy (Chrysanthemum grandiflorum), Chrysanthemum White Daisy Pom pon (Chrysanthemum 'Bacardi')

botanical fashion showThe belt -- made from Carolina Long Leaf Pine Needles (Pinus palustris) and Raffia palm (Raphia farinifera) -- holds the precious flower to the ground, unwilling to let the wind blow away its beautiful petals.

botanical fashion showJenny personified the Greek myth of Demeter and Persephone using Sugar maple (Acer saccharum), Eastern white pine (Pinus strobus), Reindeer moss (Cladonia rangiferina), Carnations (Dianthus caryophyllus), Feather reed grass (Calamagrostis acutiflora ‘Karl Foerster’), and Hare’s-tail grass or bunnytail (Lagurus ovatus).

botanical fashion showThe dress has two sides. One side represents the time when Demeter and Persephone are together and the other represents the time Persephone spends with Hades. The changing colors of the maple leaves represent the transition between these two times.

botanical fashion showPaola's simple outfit places focus on her lion's mane headdress made from ornamental grass (Miscanthus sinensis) seedheads.

botanical fashion showTeaching assistants and instructor Marcia Eames-Sheavly (right) joined in the fun.

The Art of Horticulture
Marcia Eames-Sheavly
Horticulture Section
15B Plant Science Building
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY 14853