FRANKLIN, Tenn. (May 15, 2018) With a dazzling blend of sight, sound, fashion and dance, the O’More College Fashion Show completed its historic run before a packed house at The Franklin Theatre on Thursday, May 10 in downtown Franklin.
The original collections of 22 student designers were presented on the runway before the show moves to its new permanent home this fall at Belmont University.
“There could not have been a better sendoff than to have our final Franklin show downtown in The Franklin Theatre,” said Jamie Atlas, O’More’s Fashion Department Chair and the show’s Executive Producer since 2002. “Aside from the shared community connections, the venue was ideal for patrons, performers and sponsors.
“Most of all, it allowed the work of our student designers to shine. I’m so happy that they got to have an experience like this because they earned it. They are the ones who made this an amazing evening. They have set a high standard for when we move to Belmont and that’s the way it should be.”
The show opened with a performance by New Dialect. The Nashville-based contemporary dance collective performed in costumes that were created in a collaborative effort with O’More students.
When the runway portion of the show commenced, models from AMAX Talent presented the student collections, including those of nine graduating seniors.
SOPHOMORE SARAH STEVENSON CAPTURES EASTMAN NAIATM DESIGN CHALLENGE
The show also featured the work of Sarah Stevenson, a sophomore from Colorado Springs who won the 2018 Eastman NaiaTM Design Challenge. In the Eastman NaiaTM Design Challenge, students created innovative garments using fabric composed of NaiaTM, a cellulosic yarn made from wood pulp and derived exclusively from sustainably managed and certified forests.
Stevenson, who prevailed over 12 other sophomore and junior fashion design students, earned a $2,500.00 scholarship toward her 2018-19 tuition. Morgan Stengel, a junior from Brentwood, was the runner-up.
This marked the second year that Eastman, a Fortune 500 company headquartered in Kingsport, Tenn., and O’More have partnered to promote the application of an environmentally friendly fiber in original, ready-to-wear knit clothing.
About O’More College of Design
O’More College of Design, a four-year institution 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 OMoreCollege.edu.
Photography: Heather Durham Photography
Models: AMAX Talent
Fashion Designer: Emily James
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Fashion Designer: Ashleigh Cain
Fashion Designer: Kelly Nieser