Meet the Designers for O’More College of Design Fashion Show

O'More College of Design

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.





The Butterfly Effect

As a child, Angela Jackson used to love to watch her grandmother sew. “She was a very strong and compassionate person and loved making sure everyone felt at home. I’d watch her sew with a needle and thread, and it sparked my passion to develop into the designer I am today.” A senior from Johnson City, Angela has been impressed with the broad range of classes offered at O’More. Studio, while challenging, was her favorite. “This is when I got to know who I am as a designer while learning and developing new skills,” she says. Her collection, called “The Butterfly Effect,” explores how others are affected by the way a woman dresses and carries herself. Others want to know the story of how she developed this style of elegance. It’s much the same as the metamorphosis of a butterfly.”


Like a Rolling Stone

A junior from Memphis, Payton James is devoted to making clothing in an ethical way while still being expressive in her work. “Designing helps me express myself and show my personal style,” she says. Payton is inspired by her parents (“They raised five, bright kids and have supported us no matter our path”), Joni Mitchell (“Her style is on point and I have always loved her creative direction”), and her friends. “I love surrounding myself with creative people,” she says. “It sparks my creative energy and helps me stay focused.” Her collection is a “flashback to the 1970s, with a focus on minimalism.”


Parade of Gypsies

Senior Andrea Taylor has been fascinated with fashion since she was a child. “Every person needs a creative outlet,” she says. “This is something I am passionate about and believe in for so many different reasons.” The Nashville native is showing a collection that draws inspiration from “jewel tones, texture and little elements from the bohemian and gypsy culture.” Her hope for her career is to design clothing “that makes anyone feel great about themselves while expressing who they are. Life is too short to be someone you are not.”Andrea is grateful for her experience at O’More. “I instantly fell in love with the dynamic here, the history, and how welcoming everyone has been,” she says. “I would not trade coming here for anything. The best decision I ever made.”

Woodland Wanderer-Junior Collection
Little Natives-Senior Collection

“Growing up, I always wanted to attend O’More,” says Chelsea Rae Weems, a senior from Knoxville. “It has the absolute most beautiful and inspiring campus. And I wanted to attend a design school that had a tightly knit community, with real one-on-one time with professors.” That attention has paid off: “The day I started O’More was the day I learned to sew,” she says. “I have truly come so far in the last three years.” Chelsea is passionate about children’s design and wants “to change the way people view children’s wear and the children’s wear industry as a whole.” She’ll show two collections in this year’s Fashion Show: Woodland Wanderer, inspired by the Tennessee backwoods and children’s illustration, and Little Natives, which features an urban collage of hand-rendered tribal patterns in bright colors.


Brittany Westmorland, the senior from Mosheim, says she’s grown as a designer at O’More. “When I first came here I knew little of how to sew and these courses pushed me to learn new skills and execute them flawlessly. They’ve made me the seamstress I am today. I am able to do things now that I never thought possible.” Like her hero Alexander McQueen, Brittany likes the dark: “My imagination has always run wild and been a bit twisted. I want to challenge myself and others to see past society’s view and open their minds to a world unknown.” Understandably, Brittany’s design philosophy relies on following her gut. “Make something that has meaning to you,” she says. “Don’t let anyone cloud your views or your style. Just be you.”



“I’ve always loved fashion from a young age,” says Lucia Genevieve Wilson, a senior from Burleson, Texas. “I remember drawing illustrations of gowns at the age of 6 and my favorite part of playing dolls was putting their outfits together.” Lucia believes that “good design must be quality and timeless. I want to design luxurious, timeless pieces to enhance the women’s quality of life and her individuality.” Her collection is called Schism-scape, and is inspired by “the outer fringes of the city. It’s the juxtaposition of urban raw edges and refined feminine casuals.

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