A Knight in Designing Armor Brings Dinosaurs Back from Extinction

August 18, 2011 at 5:42 pm Leave a comment

It’s not every day that fashion and natural history collide, but when they do, nature’s brightest colors bloom, dinosaurs seem to envy the long arms of models draped in delicate fabric, and designers covet the fashionable frills and unique lines of some of the most imaginatively “figured” creatures to ever roam the earth.

(L-R) Brandi Berry and Mychael Knight stop for a quick pose while the fashion-inspiring "Giganotosaurus" waits patienly in the backgroun for his turn in the spotlight.

It was a different start to the day for a PR director who is more accustomed to hanging with fascinating scientists, IMAX filmmakers, curators, educators and registrars, yet I felt a ping of delight as I recently stood beneath the Giants of the Mesozoic dinosaurs for a another type of prehistoric moment.

Fernbank was hosting Project Runway finalist Mychael Knight at a photo shoot for the cover of The Atlantan magazine’s fall fashion issue. While I couldn’t resist being a fan, I was equally excited at the opportunity to show just how inspiring natural history—and especially dinosaurs—can be.

Knight will present his new collection, “Lost World,” at New York Fashion Week in September, featuring some incredible designs inspired by the types of captivating encounters that millions of visitors have experienced with dinosaurs at Fernbank. He said he visits Fernbank at least once a year and has always found it inspiring. In fact, it was while watching one of the Jurassic Park movies that his creative eye began to appreciate just how uniquely tailored these prehistoric creatures are. To my delight, he also said that while designing this collection, he would envision the “Lost World” fashions walking the runway beneath the world’s largest dinosaurs at Fernbank.

I got to catch a quick glimpse of one of the dresses at the photo shoot, revealing the many ways a visit to Fernbank can evoke an imaginative response to the artistry of nature. If you loved Mychael Knight on Project Runway, you’ll love him even more now that he has some Mesozoic flair. His new line is truly a unique display of the power and authority of dinosaurs. How will they inspire you?

Brandi Berry, Director of Public Relations

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At Fernbank Museum, there’s much more than dinosaurs and giant-screen films. Even with our website, e-newsletters, Facebook pages and Twitter updates, there’s still a lot we’d like to share with you. This blog is an opportunity for the people that keep Fernbank running and constantly expanding, to share stories from their point of view. We hope you’ll enjoy these first-hand, behind-the-scenes glimpses of what goes into keeping a world-class natural history museum running. As always, we’d love to hear your feedback on these stories, to hear your personal experiences and hear any suggestions for topics. Happy reading!

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