N.C. State Art2Wear Fashion Show Promises Surprises
North Carolina State University's colleges of Design and Textile have again teamed up to present the Art2Wear, a showcase of student creativity in fashion design open to the public. Catch the vanguard show at 7 p.m., Tuesday, April 24, at Reynolds Coliseum, on the N.C. State campus, in Raleigh.
Now in its 11th year, Art2Wear is a student-led, professionally juried competition that challenges its designers to imagine, create, and inspire by expressing their opinion through wearable art. The show will feature 17 lines this year and the work of 18 designers. Expect to see a range of garments, from ready-to-wear to couture, with each designer building his or her line around a theme. This year, themes range from the futuristic, to those that focus on decay, moss, and even the wrenching emotion of "heartbreak." Garments will be made of an array of materials; some unusual ones include balloons, cheese cloth, maps and a live bird.
Fashion marketing expert Raymond Nadeau, who has worked with brands ranging from Adidas to Gucci, is the show's creative director this year, a move NC State hopes will give the student designers more opportunities to market and sell their work.
For upstairs seating in Reynolds Coliseum, the public is asked to give a donation (recommended at $5). Floor seating is offered in two ticket prices: "gold" seating is $25, and "silver" seating is $15. The event is free for NC State students. Tickets can be purchased online through the Art2Wear website, ncsuarttowear.com, or they can be bought on the day of the show with cash. (Photo at right shows work of designer Veronica Tibbits from a previous Art2Wear Show. Photo by Jessica Dillard)