Year after year, the Eloise Student Fashion Show demonstrates the high-level skill of the O’More College of Design students. The designers involved complete each process of the shown collections, from the illustrating and patternmaking to the draping and construction of each piece.
During the 15th annual New York-style runway event, 18 student designers will send their individual collections down the runway on Friday, May 10. Eloise is the grand finale of Design Week, O’More’s premier annual event showcasing the emerging talent across the College’s four departments.
Pre-juried clothing collections made by selected junior and senior O’More fashion design students are presented in a highly produced fashion show. Each collection includes five to ten pieces, all illustrated, patterned, draped and constructed by the participating designers.
Seniors are competing for “Distinguished Designer” – an honor that includes a top-of-the-line sewing machine from SVP Worldwide and cash stipend. They will also vie for the “Designer Look Book” award, which includes a designer look book produced by and featuring models from the Reflection Agency. Juniors are competing for the “Design Achievement” award, which carries a cash scholarship with it.
Prior to the show, a panel of industry experts will judge the collections on their construction, cohesiveness, creativity and marketability. In addition, the designers will be judged on the runway presentation. This year’s critics are: Leigh Ann Daugherty Cairo, Loretta Harper, Otis James, and Vivian Lavinskas. Learn more about these designers and their credentials here.
This year, the affair will also offer an exclusive first-look at a special partnership between seven student designers, 10 Haitian women and one local non-profit. The “Designing for a Cause” class partnered with DAR Project this semester to produce a Spring 2014 children’s clothing line that will give hope to Haitian women in extreme need. The resulting “aDARable” Spring 2014 children’s label will premiere during the fashion show. Read the complete story about this partnership here.
The show will be held in Liberty Hall at The Factory in Franklin, Tenn. Seating will begin at 6:30 p.m. and the show will start at 8 p.m. To learn more about last year’s show, click here.
Tickets for the general public are $35 and are available online here. Tickets may also be purchased by phone at 615.794.4254 ext. 236.