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Student designers wow audiences at The Collections

April 28, 2015

Senior Audrah Davidson’s industrial-inspired collection of business attire took this year’s Best of Jury and Best Collection awards at The Collections, the 71st annual student designer fashion show on Saturday.


From the "Bad Kitty" collection.
The runway show featured the best work of Fashion Design and Product Development students, including 18 senior collections. This year’s garments were inspired by European architecture fused with industrial elements.

“This was an outstanding show,” said Monica McMurry, dean of the School of Design. “It was an incredible mix of pieces—from highly feminine gowns to fun street looks to androgynous pieces.”

Davidson’s collection of dresses, pants and jackets included a tunic made from woven wool with threads replaced with flecks of gold leaf and vinyl, creating a shine. A cream coat and black dress featured reversed needle-felted designs.

Designers have been working on concepts since the fall and have vetted their designs and concepts through several professional critics, including representatives from the Council of Fashion Designers of America.

Meredith Morrow’s collection of rock-inspired looks won the “Textile Ingenuity” award. Tonya Pesch’s high-fashion equestrian show garments earned the “Most Marketable” award.

Brittany Grayson received the Alumnae Choice Award for her collection, “Bad Kitty,” which included a faux fur crop top, a vinyl blue tube skirt and a faux leather pencil dress—all incorporating some sort of cat element.

Emily Horner and Logan Blagg each received a Jury Choice award; and Samantha Short earned a “fearless award” for her shoe collection.

Other Best of Jury winners included:

  • Best Children’s wear – Pamela Pipkins
  • Best Patternmaking Dress – Jessica Warworkia 
  • Best Weekend wear – Ilia Siegwald
  • Best Career wear – Tylar E. Paris
  • Best Tailored Design – Kelly Ferguson 
  • Outstanding Workmanship – Kelly Ferguson 
  • Overall Technical Excellence – Kayla Gibson

See more photos from The Collections here.

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