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Pratt students' organic fashions in Macy's windows

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NEW YORK (MYFOXNY) -

It's an organic explosion. Fashion students at Pratt Institute have the rare opportunity to display their organic knit work in the windows of Macy's, showcasing their frocks to the roughly 7,500 people an hour that pound the pavement outside.

"Look at all the people. It's unreal," said student Samantha Smith. "We're used to seeing our stuff in the studios or maybe the display cases in the department building, but never in the context of the outside world."

More than two dozen designs were chosen for the exhibit, called "Organic Matter."

Margaret Burton, also a winner, had an unusual inspiration.

"I've been inspired by bees in the past," Burton said. "So when I went home I started researching these beehives that I was seeing in New York."

The result was a honeycomb like knit dress.

"I really wanted them to concentrate on both art and fashion and sculpture and imagination avant garde," said Susan Cianciolo, who oversees the students. "It's about being very innovative, creative and then making clothing at the end of the day."

Pratt hopes the designs will be featured in store windows internationally. Right now they're not for sale, but they can be commissioned.

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