Ross earns fashion degree from Pratt

Hannah Ross, right, a graduate of Shepaug Valley High School, is shown with a model during her recent fashion show of her creations in Manhattan. May 2013
Hannah Ross, right, a graduate of Shepaug Valley High School, is shown with a model during her recent fashion show of her creations in Manhattan. May 2013Contributed Photo

Washington native Hannah Ross recently crossed the main stage at Radio City Music Hall in New York City to receive her diploma from New York City's Pratt Institute.

Ross has dedicated herself to studying fashion design, and recently premiered her first collection at Pratt's 2013 Fashion Show in front of more than 400 attendees in Manhattan.

Her collection was judged and selected by a panel of esteemed fashion industry leaders.

Renowned American fashion designer Thom Browne was honored at the start of Pratt's 2013 fashion show, with fashion industry luminaries Hamish Bowles, Fern Mallis, Harold Koda, Andrew Bolton, Stephanie Winston Wolkoff and Hal Rubinstein in attendance.

Ross' collection, titled "Elemental Prayer," is her interpretation of prayer, an opportunity for her to express her gratitude toward the Earth, human bodies and divine spirits.

The Shepaug Valley High School graduate used only natural materials in creating her pieces, such as textured wools, custom digitally printed silk, 3D quilting techniques, and hand dyed cotton jersey.

The garments -- in addition to an original platform sandal design made in collaboration with an industrial design student -- were made to empower the wearer and encourage a deeper connection to the natural world.

The show was live-streamed and may be viewed at http://www.youtube.com/user/prattinstitute, with Ross' collection presented at about 1:24.