Every year, seniors at University of Texas compete in a Project Runway-type contest mentored by staff as they create their collection(s). That’s right — plural.
Each student creates multiple looks ranging from menswear and laser cut gowns to leather-clad sportswear in an effort to take home “best in” for categories including Best Fashion Collection, Most Innovative Fashion Collection, Most Marketable Fashion Collection, Best Constructed Fashion Collection and Best Evening/Bridal Gown. This University Fashion Group, a student run organization that encourages industry experience among fashion-minded students, has grown this event from 500 people in 1997 to more than 5,000 just last year.
The show is broken up into four parts: Knit Fabrics, Midnight Elegance, Individual Collections, and Evening/Bridal. Student designers played with new and interesting silhouettes, textiles from different countries and there many nods to the mod years. It made for a great show. Here are my favorites of the night.
Katrina Raz tied with another student for most innovative.
Jenny Kang snagged Best Collection with this preppy take on sportswear.
Chandler Hamilton got an honorable mention in both Most Marketable & Best Collection.
Sara loves color and I love her for it!
Inspired by the 1960s music scene by Wendy Sandoval.
Kaidon Ho was inspired by quartz in this fierce collection.
Vivenne Hoang makes neutral colors chic in this mocha gown.