UIUC’s own ANTH major, Gordana Rasic, debuted her fashion line at a major fashion event in New York City yesterday.  Gordana brings her anthropological training to bear on the clothes she designs.  The theme of her current collection is “Duality within Society;” in a nod to her academic focus at the U of I on biological anthropology, her previous collection explored the theme of “Vital Organs.”  Gordana says the woman she imagines designing for is “very self-empowered and unafraid to speak her mind.”

Gordana Rasic Enjoying the Limelight (with co-designer Omar Villalobos & a Model) after Their Line Has Debuted on the Runway of EMERGE! at Fashion Week, Feb. 14, 2012 (photo by Hannah Gottlieb-Graham)

Gordana is already making a splash in the New York fashion world.  On Feb. 14, she was one of six “emerging” designers–and by far, the youngest–from around the world whose work was showcased at the third semi-annual “EMERGE!” event held as part of New York’s famed “Fashion Week.”   The event was held at the Broad Street Ballroom in lower Manhattan.

The by-invitation-only event was hosted by actress Tracee Ellis Ross and model Chavis Aaron.  At the event, canonical fashion designer, Dianne von Furstenburg, bestowed Fashion Innovator Award on Vogue magazine’s designer, André Leon Talley.  Other featured designers included  Terri Stevens, who was featured on Season 4 of “Project Runway.”  In the audience, “celebrity sightings” included Angela Simmons, Toccara, Derek J, B Smith,  Ashanti, New York Housewives Jill Zarin, and Alex and Simon McCord.

You can look at Gordana’s designs and read more about her fashion line on her homepage: http://gocadesigns.4ormat.com/home.  We can’t wait to see more from our anthropologist-fashion designer!  We’re proud of your successes, Gordana!

Gordana Rasic (with her company vice-president, Omar Villalobos) Taking Bows on the Runway after Their New Line has Debuted at the EMERGE Show of Fashion Week, 2/14/12 (photo by Hannah Gottlieb-Graham)

Gordana Relaxing on the Balcony of a NYC Bldg before Her Debut at the EMERGE Fashion Show in NYC