R.I.P. V.I.P.—or Rest In Peace Very Important Person—showcases designs by students striving to liberate the runway from its elite stigma, making fashion accessible to a broader audience. Participating artists each present their own unique visions, claiming fashion should be recognized as a cultural phenomenon, not just a few voices speaking for an industry. As a student-driven event, R.I.P. V.I.P. demonstrates young artists are a crucial part of the discussion.