It’s University of Texas Fashion Show week and you know all the senior designers are putting their last-minute fashion details on their collections for the big show. The twenty-eight senior design students will wind up of their senior year at UT to eventually move on to their respective internships and careers.
This show, “Matrix” will be held the Frank Erwin Center on Thursday, April 25, 2019.
The annual show, organized by The University Fashion Group, will feature up to 140 original designs featuring garments inspired by the student’s personal design aesthetic, couture-inspired structures and whimsy influences.
Matrix will feature cutting edge designs that include digital prints, couture techniques and sustainability. “This year’s show will feature a special collection in honor of the University Co-op which is returning as a founding and title sponsor,” says faculty member Ockhee Bego, Director of the UT Fashion Show.
Matrix will also feature game-day inspired garments in the Longhorn Fever segment of the show. Designers selected a UT Longhorn sports program to create a design that is both functional and comfortable while capturing the intrinsic nature of UT’s gameday spirit.
Additionally, the designers will feature a zero waste sustainability challenge. The 28 one of a kind designs will be composed of pre and post-consumer textiles. All materials used for this challenge were donated by the Houston non-profit, Magpies and Peacocks. TXA Assistant Professor, Jessica Ciarla, describes this assignment as vital to the fashion industry. There is as a growing need to “challenge the traditional methods of design and think about innovative solutions for the growing waste in the apparel industry”, said Ciarla.
The designers will be competing for lots of Texas fashion bragging rights as they hand out several awards, such as Most Wearable Collection and the coveted Best Collection.
Prior to the show the “World of Textiles and Apparel” event, curated by Assistant Professor Gail Chovan will take place in the Lonestar room. This exhibition will feature student designs and research projects, as well as the entries for the Kendra Scott Design Challenge.
Doors open at 5:30 pm, the in-house opening will start at 7 pm and the show will be broadcast LIVE on The Longhorn Network at 7:30 pm.
Congratulations to all the designers and we will see you at the end of the runway!
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UPDATE: Congratulations to all the designers who were recognized for their designs at the Matrix fashion show.
Matrix 2019 Awards
• Sustainable Wear, Honorable Mention: Aidan Beni
• Sustainable Wear, Best Design: Carlie Roberson
• Wearable Art, Honorable Mention: Lindsay Butler
• Wearable Art, Best Design: Christopher Johnson
• Mido Watches; Evening Wear Honorable Mention: Hunter Tanem
• Mido Watches; Best Evening Wear: Aidan Beni
• Austin-American Statesman; Bridal Wear Honorable Mention: John Goodman
• Austin-American Statesman; Best Bridal Wear: Rawan Al-Qarqaz
• The University Cooperative Society; Best Technical Collection Honorable Mention: Hunter Tanem & Donna Silverio
• The University Cooperative Society; Best Technical Collection: Mitchell Kerbow
• Most Innovative Collection Honorable Mention: Gunner Lewis & Nicholas Mojica
• Most Innovative Collection: Carlie Roberson
• The University Cooperative Society; Most Marketable Collection Honorable Mention: Sarah Kelly, Carol Lara & Ilana Wayne
• The University Cooperative Society; Most Marketable Collection: Lindsay Butler
• The University Cooperative Society; Best Collection 2019 Honorable Mention: Carlie Roberson
• The University Cooperative Society; Best Collection 2019: Mitchell Kerbow
Not pictured: Tara Bordbar, Gustavo Zamarripa, Amanda Arrisola, Molly Goldstein, Christopher Johnson.