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Tuesday, September 17, 2013

fashionSPARK showcased diverse local talents

Posted By on Tue, Sep 17, 2013 at 4:55 PM

The main stage of downtown Raleigh’s fashionSPARK event pulsed with anticipation on Saturday as DJs ExMonkeys and Nixxed blared high energy beats from the stage, and roughly 1,500 people trickled to their seats for the start of the show. The event, MC'd by 96.1 radio host Jamie O'Brien, showcased the polished work of eight designers, most of whom are based in the Triangle, and all of whom represented distinct and developed styles. Jessica Palmer’s “Faith” opened the show with a large collection of romantic, 1950s boardwalk-inspired pieces. There were plenty of large sun hats, parasols, bikinis and elegant formal dresses,...

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Monday, July 23, 2012

Slideshow: reFASHIONED at Motorco in Durham

Posted By on Mon, Jul 23, 2012 at 5:57 PM

On Thursday night, Durham's Motorco Music Hall was filled with local style mavens looking to cheer on their favorite Triangle fashion designers, as the venue hosted its first reFASHIONED show. And cheer they did as a slew of regional designers sent models out on the runway to show off their latest collections. Ten designers all showcased their stuff, starting with T-shirt designs from such folk as Nyla Elise, Runaway Clothes and Johnny Swank's House of Swank. The show then went on to feature designers who deal with refurbished and recycled material, like Belindabilly, Rocket Betty, Gypsy Witch and handbag...

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Friday, April 27, 2012

Large turnout at CAM Raleigh as Redress Raleigh promotes eco-fashion

Posted By on Fri, Apr 27, 2012 at 12:10 PM

Photo by Leigh Moose/ Side Yard Studios PhotographyTwo models show off JulieApple Handbags.By 8 p.m. or so, the Contemporary Art Museum in downtown Raleigh was fully stocked with spectators last Friday evening. They were all in attendance not for art, but for fashion. On this night, Redress Raleigh took over the museum for its fourth annual Eco-Fashion Show, where eco-friendly designers are given the opportunity to show off the fruits of their labor. And after previously doing the show at such spots as Flanders Gallery and Edenton Street United Methodist Church, the people behind Redress thought the CAM Raleigh would...

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Tuesday, April 12, 2011

The wearable lightness of being: roadkill and electric lights at Art to Wear

Posted By on Tue, Apr 12, 2011 at 8:24 AM

Photo by Jeremy M. LangeVeronica Tibbitts prepares for tonight's Art to Wear show.Wire, fiber optic lights and skinned roadkill are three things not often grouped together, but the designers of N.C. State’s annual fashion show, Art to Wear, don’t see it that way. This year—tonight, in fact—marks the 10th anniversary of the collaborative show between the College of Design and the College of Textiles, and the designers are pulling out all the stops. They’re exhausted, but more than anything, they’re inspired. I spoke with several of these designers, mostly late at night because that was the only time they could...

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Thursday, September 23, 2010

Slideshow: The fifth annual fashionSPARK

Posted By on Thu, Sep 23, 2010 at 10:04 PM

The only thing taller than the models were downtown’s towering buildings this past Friday at the fashionSPARK Fashion Show. Twenty local designers and five jewelry designers sent their creations down a brightly lit runway in the middle of an enthusiastic, standing-room crowd at the open-air City Plaza. The designs ranged from comfortable hippie-wear reminiscent of a winter in Asheville (LLLavender) to post-apocalyptic war-zone knitwear (Gabrielle Duggan). Many of the designers opted for earth-friendly materials, including Payton-Alexis, who showed partially sustainable wedding dresses with striking silhouettes and muted colors and finished with a dress made entirely from used coffee filters....

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Thursday, April 22, 2010

Textiles’ seniors show off their skills, but don't say "like"

Posted By on Thu, Apr 22, 2010 at 12:49 PM

Photo courtesy of Kristen DePalmoHalf of Kristen DePalmo's garments await public display. “You do not ‘like that one,'” a sign in North Carolina State University’s Leazar studio sternly admonishes inquisitive visitors who might want to express appreciation for a design piece. Across campus at the College of Textiles, the same sentiment prevails during class critiques of the Senior Fashion Collection Studio. “You can’t use the word ‘like’,” Cynthia Istook, associate professor of textile and apparel management and senior studio teacher, said. Instead, class members can make suggestions about changing a piece, and the designer can choose whether or not to...

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Saturday, April 17, 2010

Redress Raleigh: Not just fashion as usual

Posted By on Sat, Apr 17, 2010 at 11:17 AM

Photo courtesy of Margo Scott, Rocket Betty DesignsOne of designer Margo Scott's tiki-inspired creations. Green, sustainable fashion is so hot right now. But residents of the Triangle don’t have to jet to New York or Los Angeles to see it (which is good, since the goal is to reduce the carbon footprint). This weekend, they can head into downtown Raleigh to see local eco-friendly fashion. Mor Aframian initially founded MorLove, a nonprofit with proceeds going to aid orphans at the Amani Baby Cottage in Jinga, Uganda. She met Jamie Powell, who had participated in a MorLove fashion show in 2008....

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Friday, April 16, 2010

Art to Wear: Prepping for The Big Strut

Posted By on Fri, Apr 16, 2010 at 10:04 AM

Photo by Sarah EwaldDesigner Gennie Catastrophe chats with her models before showing her collection onstage at Reynolds Coliseum. Audience members cheered and roared for N.C. State’s student designers and models Wednesday night in Reynolds Coliseum. But what the audience never sees is how much hairspray, cookies and ironing go into putting that line out on the runway. I shadowed designer Gennie Catastrophe and her models in the hours before as they prepared for their moment in the spotlight. 2:15 p.m.: I arrive at eco-friendly Bottega-A Hair Studio on Glenwood Avenue, where Catastrophe has scheduled her models for their hair and...

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Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Art to Wear: A mid-summer forest and a mental ward

Posted By on Wed, Apr 14, 2010 at 11:14 AM

Photo by Sarah EwaldDesigner Eleanor Hoffman works on her collection in Leazar studio. When showing a collection, a designer’s job is to take the audience into his or her own created world. Two designers in this year’s Art to Wear (A2W) are pulling from different locales to put their looks in proper context. Designer Eleanor Hoffman’s collection stems from images of mirrors, moonlight and circles. Two poems, Lorenzo Smerillo’s Maze and Maria Taylor’s Birmingham 1982, serve as initial inspiration points, tacked on the wall above her work space’s sewing machine for easy reference, along with pieces of fabric cut in...

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Sunday, April 11, 2010

Art to Wear: “We’re in the water and we’re really cold”

Posted By on Sun, Apr 11, 2010 at 3:48 PM

Photo by Sarah EwaldDesigner Natalie Bunch works on her collection at Leazar studio. Some designers in this year’s Art to Wear show are taking inspiration from the elements. Two designers in particular are working with water. Natalie Bunch, a landscape architecture major in the College of Design, was specifically drawn to water’s various properties when she studied in Ghana last summer. Her studio was focused on observations dealing with solutions on improving the environmental systems. She cites drainage canals along every street and trash dumps lining the beach, and how the Ghanaian population connected water systems with sewage systems. Bunch...

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Sunday, April 4, 2010

Art to Wear: Meet two designers

Posted By on Sun, Apr 4, 2010 at 10:38 PM

Photo by Sarah EwaldArt to Wear designer Hannah Goff works on her collection in her Raleigh studio. We’re less than two weeks away from the Art to Wear (A2W) show at N.C. State’s Reynolds Coliseum, and we’ll take a look at two designers who are preparing their collections for the show. Hannah Goff, a fashion development major at N.C. State’s College of Textiles (COT), found out about A2W when she attended the show as a freshman. Goff is an old hand at participating in fashion shows: She also designed for the eco-fashion recycling project MorLove, founded by fellow COT student...

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Thursday, March 25, 2010

Art to Wear: This one will go down in history

Posted By on Thu, Mar 25, 2010 at 12:07 PM

Where there's fashion, you can reliably find people who adore the industry, and worship it with every fiber of their being. But you can also meet people whose interest might be surprising, until it starts to make sense For example, Sean Avery, a hockey player for the New York Rangers, interned at Vogue in the summer of 2008 and now aspires for the plush life of the fashion editorial after he hangs up his skates. OK, Avery is an extreme example, but N.C. State's Art to Wear show has to grapple with aspirants who come from outside the departments...

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Friday, March 19, 2010

Art to Wear grads: Where are they now?

Posted By on Fri, Mar 19, 2010 at 4:05 PM

Traditionally, participating in a school fashion show has proved to be a great way to launch one's career. In 1995, Stella McCartney inaugurated her first line while attending England's celebrated Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design. And when another of that school's students unveiled his work, the eccentric socialite Isabella Blow bought each piece of the graduation collection. The student's name? The great-and now late-visionary Alexander McQueen. Among these parts, Art to Wear is no exception in that regard. Previous designers have gone on to such varied fields as graduate school, arts management and design for companies...

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Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Art to Wear: A brief history

Posted By on Tue, Mar 9, 2010 at 8:47 AM

As veteran broadcaster Ron Burgundy of Anchorman might say, North Carolina State University's Art to Wear fashion show is kind of a big deal. People know it and mark their calendars for what's become known as a reliable showcase of talent. The annual fashion show, put on by the College of Design (COD) and College of Textiles (COT), has made quite a mark in the burgeoning Raleigh fashion scene. "People [tend to] stake out their seats hours beforehand," says Vita Plume, COD art and design teacher and Art to Wear faculty advisor. Plume was the sole advisor until COT...

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Thursday, October 8, 2009

Chilly Wintour at center of The September Issue

Posted By on Thu, Oct 8, 2009 at 3:30 PM

The Indy's Neil Morris reviewed RJ Cutler's The September Issue here, and recently, Karlie Justus, the Indy's fashion contributor, saw the film and offered her thoughts: Fashion, as both an industry and obsession, has emerged as a popular focus of the reality television genre, with shows such as Project Runway, America's Next Top Model, The Hills and The Rachel Zoe Project. They take us middle-Americans down the runway, behind the camera and into the sewing room, without us ever having to leave the couch. Accordingly, The September Issue's look into the nine-month process that went into creating Vogue's largest...

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