Lunar Gala was originally created in 1997 to ring in the Chinese New
Year, or more generally referred to as the Lunar New Year. The New Year
cycles through 12 animal signs and celebrates good fortune and
prosperity. As a part of the celebration, it is customary to wear new
clothes which has inspired our fashion show. Since its inception, Lunar
Gala has transformed into a highly anticipated event that hundreds hope
to be part of and thousands hope to come see.
Now, Lunar Gala is
arguably one of the largest fashion events in Pittsburgh, having sold out
nearly 1100 seats each year with 140+ students involved in producing,
designing, modeling, and dancing in the show. Students across all majors
and cultures create original and creative lines, infusing technology and
complex materials with wearable fashion. Last year, 17 design teams
created nearly 150 looks that incorporated mood sensing Intel chips,
glow-in the dark resin, sheet metal, and much more reflecting the
culture, technology, and reactions to current events in society.
In recent years, Lunar Gala has been able to branch out into the greater
Pittsburgh community and collaborate with local creatives.
Although Lunar Gala has developed into a much larger production, it stays
true to its original intent. Every year, the theme of the show is
centered around the Zodiac animal of the lunar calendar.