Family, friends and patrons of the arts gathered May 3-11 to celebrate O’More Design Week, the premier annual event of O’More College of Design in downtown Franklin and an important scholarship fundraiser for the College.
The Interior Design and Visual Communications shows were presented during a collective Design in ReVue exhibit on May 8 at the Factory at Franklin. The Interior Design seniors’ capstone projects represented a range of commercial and residential work, including virtual renovations of the Southern Living Showcase Home and a 1934 neoclassical building on Fourth Avenue in downtown Nashville. The Visual Communications exhibitions encompassed students’ award-winning work throughout their time at the College, and displayed interactive projects, package design, advertising campaigns and more.
Eight Interior Design students and four Visual Communications students received departmental scholarships for the design excellence they exhibited throughout the year.
On May 10, more than 800 guests gathered to be part of 15th Annual Eloise Student Fashion Show, O’More’s grand finale of Design Week. Guests were privy to a highly produced, New York-style runway show in Liberty Hall at The Factory at Franklin that included more than 20 collections from designers. Participating students completely produced the five-to-10 piece collections. Themes ranged from ready-to-wear garments reminiscent of the Golden Age to men’s resort wear, inspired by Italian street style.
Before the show, a panel of industry experts judged the collections on their construction, cohesiveness, creativity and marketability. The designers’ pieces were also evaluated on runway presentation, and three participating Eloise designers were recognized at the end of the night. The 2013 judges were: Leigh Ann Daughtery Cairo of Lane Bryant; Loretta Harper, designer and set costumer; Otis James of Otis James Nashville; and Vivian Lavinskas of SVP Worldwide.
Winners by department include:
Fashion Design Scholarship Winners
- Distinguished Designer Award – Kat Seaton
- Designer Look Book Award – Megan Chapman
- Design Achievement Award – Anna Johnson
Interior Design Scholarship Winners
- Studio I Award – Corey Morris
- Studio II Award – Jordan Forrister
- Studio III Award – Lilly Gianikas
- Studio IV Award – Toni Crowder
- Studio V Award – Lauren Elwell
- Early Impression Award – John Adams
- Sketchbook Award – Brandon Lackey
- Senior “Best of Show” Award – Kimberly Kelly
Visual Communications Scholarship Winners
- Helvetica Award – Sidney Shackelford
- Garamond Award – Malerie Serley
- Gill Sans Award – Riley Carroll
- Senior “Best of Show” Award – Lloyd Norman
On Saturday, May 11 the College awarded 34 students a bachelor of arts degree. The 2013 O’More graduates are:
Fashion Design: Ashley Balding, Laura Ashley Bopp, Nathan Andrew Chapman, Lauren Elyse Cunningham, Tara Marie Curvin, Crista Joy Hooven, Alisha Corinne Murphy, Katelyn Grace Seaton, Ashley Lauren Selberg, Holly Tatterson Parra, Monica Grace Trammell, Caitlyn Elizabeth Wilson, and Lauren Kae Zwanziger.
Interior Design: Lauren Bennett, Brittany Sarah Biddle, Lauren Elizabeth Burcham, Maryam Kouak Jahanim, Ellen Marie Hale, Kimberly Kelly, Susan M. Kurtz, Amanda Martin, Evan Daniel Hyun Millard, Esther Michelle Puffer, Krista Lyn Sintz, Mary Elizabeth Trabue, and Jentry Joy Yake.
Visual Communications: Brittany Dawn Chapman, Micah Harris Jones, Lloyd Aur Norman, Malerie Serley, Mickenzie Lauren Smith, Morgan Chance Sweat, Allison M. Toner, and Ethan Waddle.
Founded in 1970, O’More College of Design is a four-year, not-for-profit institution offering bachelor of fine arts degrees in fashion design, interior design and visual communications. The college is located in the downtown historic district of downtown Franklin, Tenn. To learn more, visit www.omorecollege.edu.