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Author Laura Ruby set the stage for this year’s FashioNext competition with “Snow,” a fictional scenario of Chicago in 2072.



Watch the video to hear Laura welcome the teen designers to the 2017 competition and read “Snow” or download a PDF of the scenario.

The Museum has challenged the FashioNext designers to draw inspiration from the garments in Making Mainbocher and ground their garments in Laura’s speculative future. In the world of “Snow,” traditional materials for clothing are hard to come by, so the teams must contend with fabric restrictions, rationed materials, “smuggled goods,” and DIY embellishments. Their goal is to creatively use the materials provided to create a garment of any type for a man or woman.

The Next Chapter

To celebrate our collaboration with Laura Ruby, the Museum has invited FashioNext participants to write the next chapter of her scenario. Due this month, entries must incorporate the circumstances of and characters in “Snow” and reference the final look being developed by the author’s team. The winning author will receive an individual prize, a fashion experience for his or her team, and recognition at the finale. The winning next chapter will also be featured here on the Museum’s website and alongside the original scenario in the FashioNext exhibition.

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Laura Ruby writes fiction for kids, teens, and adults, including the forthcoming middle-grade trilogy YORK and the young adult novel Bone Gap, a finalist for the National Book Award and winner of the 2015 Printz Medal. She is on the faculty of the Master’s in Writing for Children and Young Adults program at Hamline University.

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