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Meet Madeline Gruen, the Winner of the Liz Claiborne Award at the Pratt Institute Senior Fashion Show

Last week, the Pratt Institute Senior Fashion show opened with Vogue editor-at-large Hamish Bowles presenting the Pratt Fashion Visionary Award to designer Thom Browne. Those are both big names, but the real stars of the night were the 17 graduating students that sent their final senior collections down the runway to a packed audience of parents, friends and fashion people (Bill Cunningham showed up to photograph the front row, which included Fern Mallis and Alina Cho). 

At the end of the show, Pratt exiting senior Madeline Gruen was presented with the Liz Claiborne Award – Concept to Product, which includes a $25,000 prize to develop a collection. She also received the Pratt Fashion Entrepreneurship Award, which will allow the young designer to spend one year rent-free at the Pratt Design Incubator. 

"It totally caught me off-gaurd," Gruen told me at the reception following the show. "I'm just so excited to continue doing what I'm doing, with no limitations, really. I can can still make beautiful things."

Gruen distinguished herself by showing elaborate, exquisitely-constructed garments with impressive embellishment and hand-detail. She was also one of the few students whose collection included both womens and menswear, the wardrobe for a kind of fairy tale wedding. 

Click through for a slideshow of Madeline's award-winning designs.

Last week, the Pratt Institute Senior Fashion show opened with Vogue editor-at-large Hamish Bowles presenting the Pratt Fashion Visionary Award to designer Thom Browne. Those are both big names, but the real stars of the night were the 17 graduating students that sent their final senior collections down the runway to a packed audience of parents, friends and fashion people (Bill Cunningham showed up to photograph the front row, which included Fern Mallis and Alina Cho). 

At the end of the show, Pratt exiting senior Madeline Gruen was presented with the Liz Claiborne Award – Concept to Product, which includes a $25,000 prize to develop a collection. She also received the Pratt Fashion Entrepreneurship Award, which will allow the young designer to spend one year rent-free at the Pratt Design Incubator. 

"It totally caught me off-gaurd," Gruen told me at the reception following the show. "I'm just so excited to continue doing what I'm doing, with no limitations, really. I can can still make beautiful things."

Gruen distinguished herself by showing elaborate, exquisitely-constructed garments with impressive embellishment and hand-detail. She was also one of the few students whose collection included both womens and menswear, the wardrobe for a kind of fairy tale wedding. 

Images courtesy Pratt Institute

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