136 students transform BIS into the biggest catwalk in the region
At the "Wearable Art Show" of Bavarian International School (BIS), approximately 136 students transformed the sports hall of the Haimhausen Campus into the largest catwalk of the region. Under the motto "Alternative Worlds", the international students from grades 9 - 12 presented exceptionally creative, playful and also socially critical 3D sculptures as wearable fashion. Around 350 guests (with the 3G rule in place) were impressed with the student’s work and responded with thunderous applause and standing ovations.
The wearable art pieces are part of the academic curriculum and the results count towards the IB Middle Years Programme and IB Diploma Programme assessments in Visual Arts. Creativity, innovativeness, self-confidence and critical thinking are developed in a special way. "The students always amaze and inspire us with their individual ideas and approaches to their personal subject," says BIS Art Teacher, Sarah Proudler.
Students, teachers, parents and guests of honour (e.g. deputy district administrator (Landrätin) Martina Purkhardt, school officer (Schulrätin) Ilona Seyfried as well as Sonja Balodis and Torsten Waack van Wasen from the fashion company Marc Cain) celebrated the comeback of the extravagant fashion show, which has been held every two years since 2002.
The students showed different interpretations of the theme "Alternative Worlds" and created colourful, thoughtful, inspiring and even thought-provoking structures that can be worn as clothing (e.g. a fabric banner with the words "Breaking free from societal expectations").
"We are so grateful that the Wearable Art Show was finally able to return live and in front of an audience after the pandemic. Over the past few months the students have done a great job, the art rooms have been filled with ideas and creations," said BIS Art Teacher, Elizabeth King.
The creative artistic freedom was also emphasised by Anna from Class 9: "I thought it was great that I was able to express myself with something big that I designed and was allowed to wear myself. It's all my own ideas, without anyone else's influence."
Head of School Dr Chrissie Sorenson summed up the academic project and the evening with a fitting quote, "There is no better way to experience our BIS motto: Believe. Inspire. Succeed."
Photos: Sebastian Stiphpout