Tolula, a plus-sized dress form, will be displayed in the Museum of Modern Art.

Alumni Undergraduate Project Featured at MoMA in New York City

When Laura Zwanziger ’15 and Brandon Wen ’15 began working on a project for their product development class at Cornell, they never imagined that four years later, their final product would be on display in the Museum of Modern Art in New York, one of the largest modern art museums in the world. In their sophomore year, the two fiber science and apparel design majors were tasked with designing a collection for underrepresented demographics. It was Wen who came up with the idea to design for the plus-sized market. “I actually got the idea from a nude drawing class where I realized I enjoyed drawing plus-size models because of the elegance and curves of their bodies and thought it would be a great translation to fashion,” Wen said. However, the two quickly ran into a dilemma, Zwanziger said.