O’More College of Design is proud to announce that tickets are now on sale for thier 2016 Fashion Show, held on Thursday, May 12. For the first time, the beloved annual event will be held at John C. Tune Airport in Nashville.
The Fashion Show will highlight 18 well-designed, well-made and beautiful collections from juniors and seniors at the school, located in downtown Franklin. Buy your tickets now to this popular event showcasing new talent.
Olivia was first drawn to O’More for its proximity to Nashville. “When I found out there was a design school less than a half hour away, I jumped on it!” she says. Since then, the senior from Coon Rapids, Minnesota, has been excited to pursue what she calls her art form. “I love that I have the ability to make clothing that people can express themselves with,” she says. Her work is inspired by color and texture.
Exploring the world provides endless inspiration for Chelsea Victoria Abney, a senior from Clarksville. dedicated community and church volunteer who has participated in numerous social and environmental support projects, she’s driven to design by a desire to be creative, and make people happy in the process. ” Her senior collection is inspired by Millennials and that generation’s embrace of gender neutrality. “They are changing the way people are classified. I was specifically inspired by their lack of labels. The distinction between men and women has become fuzzy.”
Senior Naja Marcia Burchett came to O’More seeking an intimate college experience – “and I have just that at this creatively bubbling college,” says the Memphis native, whose design philosophy centers on innovation and originality. In her future work, she hopes to be able to “provide plus-size women with innovative and unique clothing options that aren’t limited by their size or shape.” Naja, who admires the business sense of Oprah and Beyoncé (“They’re bosses in their own individual right”), is showing a collection of “sports-inspired plus-size women’s wear that takes on bold colors and innovative prints.”
Stephanie Caporella fell in love with fashion because of its “complex designs and techniques. I realized that this is such a beautiful art form,” she says. A senior from Destrehan, LA, her design philosophy is based on giving meaning to the things she observes in the world around her – from world news to architecture – and using that to guide her designs. “War, emotions and Eastern pattern-making techniques” inspired Stephanie’s collection, called Ruby Dear.
Drawn to O’More by it’s small class sizes and students’ ability to choose a major from day-one, Hannah Donnelly hopes to take what she’s learned over the last four years to pursue a career as a plus-size designer through her company, Liberated Spirit Apparel. A senior from Nashville who enjoys photography, dyeing and textiles, she prescribes to a design philosophy that encourages being true to oneself. “Don’t worry about what others are doing. Don’t compare yourself to them. Create what you love and always strive for your best.”
The Conservative Edge
Design comes naturally to Emily Dukes, a senior from Williamson, Georgia. “It’s part of my family heritage,” she says. “Becoming a fashion designer was a natural career path for me as I inherited my sewing skills from the incredible, talented women in my family.” The recipient of the Fashion Department Departmental Scholarship, during her O’More experience, Emily especially appreciated classes like the Art of Entrepreneurship, a class that inspired her to secure a patent for one of her inventions. “It empowered me to take my creative skills and convert them to a profitable business. I am currently self-employed as a freelance creative director for multiple companies.” Her collection is designed for Baby Boomer career women: “The overwhelming emphasis on Millennials leaves that market completely underserved.”
Carolyn Duong, a senior from Nashville, has been the recipient of many awards and scholarships during her time at O’More, including the Academic Scholarship, Departmental Scholarship, and Community Service and Leadership Award. She considers being a part of the Coast trade show and having the evening dress she designed as a sophomore in the 2014 Fashion Show among her proudest achievements. Carolyn, who wants to work in product development at a fashion brand after graduation, says her collection was inspired by her sister, who she also considers her best friend, and her hero. “My sister gives me strength and is always there for me. She is the perfect paradox, and I wanted to depict it by styling contrasting fabrics together.”
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