THE O’MORE COLLEGE FASHION SHOW
For nearly two decades, the O’More College Fashion Show has been one of the premier events on Middle Tennessee’s fashion calendar.
Throughout the years the show has been staged at various venues around town and on May 10 it will make its first appearance at the Franklin Theatre in downtown Franklin, TN.
In the weeks leading up to that performance, O’More will look back at the events surrounding some of the more memorable shows and the student designers that made them so notable.
This Week: Jamie + The Jones
FRANKLIN, Tenn (April 2, 2018) The 2009 O’More Fashion Show was held at the James K. Polk Theater, making it the first time the show appeared at TPAC. It also marked the runway debut of O’More student designers Jamie Frazier and Hannah Jones.
Frazier and Jones collaborated on a collection that earned them the show’s Senior Award and they continue to work together at their Nashville-based design studio, Jamie + The Jones.
“The motivation for designing our collections is color,” says Jones, who is also an instructor in O’More’s Fashion Department. “From the outset, we color coordinated all aspects of the design process, down to our mood boards for our classes. To this day, it’s the best way we communicate with each other.
“Our runway looks were basically blocked out in ‘LEGO’ looks. That means that any time we were confused by a silhouette or a show lineup we would rearrange in blocks of color, as opposed to mixing and matching. It always worked to our benefit, visually.
One of their first goals upon graduating from O’More was to actually do something with all of their previous collections. It was a way to recoup some of their personal investment that went into making each garment.
“Some pieces were entirely hand-knit, beaded, and crocheted so we knew they were marketable,” says Jones. “We researched shops in Nashville that would carry our clothing and stumbled upon Local Honey. That placement launched our career, put us on the Nashville fashion scene map and enabled us to build-out our first studio space.”
THE O’MORE COLLEGE FASHION SHOW
The O’More College Fashion Show will take place on Thursday, May 10, 2018 at The Franklin Theatre, 419 Main Street in downtown Franklin, TN. Reserved seats are available in three fashion-forward categories: Haute Couture ($200.00), Avant-Garde ($150.00) and Pret-a-Porter ($100.00). Proceeds will benefit new technology for the O’More Fashion Program. Patrons and sponsors will be treated to lite bites and sips, and will take home a special gift to commemorate the historic evening.
O’MORE COLLEGE OF DESIGN
O’More College of Design, a four-year institution located in Franklin, Tenn., offers degrees in fashion design, fashion merchandising, graphic design and interior design. Founded by Eloise Pitts O’More in 1970, when modern American design was just emerging, O’More is rooted in the fundamentals of the field, yet ever-evolving. Members of the O’More faculty, board and alumni are embedded in the greater design industry, both locally and nationally, giving students a real-world education and extensive resources when seeking future employment. To learn more, visit www.omorecollege.edu.
Featured image: Hannah Jones (seated) and Jamie Frazier of Jamie + The Jones.