O’More College of Design announced the lineup for the 2017 O’More College of Design Fashion Show. Work from students and alumni, in conjunction with designs from faculty member Kevin Crouch, will be on display – all connected by “The Power of Design to Transform.” The show will be held on Friday, May 12 at 8 p.m. on O’More’s Franklin campus.
Through partnerships with local organizations, this year’s O’More fashion students have the opportunity to flex their design muscles, creating inspirational attire that will debut on the runway. One such partnership is with GiGi’s Playhouse – Nashville, an achievement center for individuals with Down syndrome. O’More students are in the process of designing outfits for children with Down syndrome, aged 6-10, based on their individual likes and needs. The children will have the opportunity to show off their personalized attire at the show.
“At O’More, we teach our students that, to make a real impact in fashion, it is not enough to design clothing that is merely attractive. It is vital to empathize with the needs of the person who will be wearing their designs – a process called design-thinking,” said Jamie Atlas, O’More College of Design Fashion Chair. “Disability, for example, is often overlooked by the design world. This year’s Fashion Show provides us with an opportunity to challenge our students to apply the design-thinking process to help individuals who are often forgotten by fashion.”
Students are also participating in a design challenge sponsored by Eastman Chemical in which they will create evening wear using Eastman’s cellulosic fabric, called Naia, for the chance at an academic scholarship. OnPoint Manufacturing is supporting the show through its newest retail venture, while collections from graduating senior design students will also be featured.
In addition to student work, O’More will honor three alumni making an impact in the fashion industry – JAMIE + THE JONES, ONA REX, and Owlette, all of whom will be revealing original works at the show. Finally, faculty member Kevin Crouch will showcase designs that demonstrate how couture techniques from years past are as important to us now and will be into the future.
Tickets are available online. Revenue from the O’More Fashion Show supports future fashion talent by providing scholarships so that students can attend O’More regardless of their ability to pay. To learn more about 2017 Fashion Show sponsorship opportunities, please contact Emily Kynerd at (615)794-4254 ext. 200 or [email protected]
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