Becca Coco LayneThe Stephens College School of Design will host Becca McCharen-Tran — the mind behind fashion label Chromat — as the next speaker for the Jeannene Booher Fashion Lecture Series.

“Becca McCharen-Tran’s focus on inclusion and authenticity is revolutionizing the fashion industry,” Dean Monica McMurry said. “We are honored and excited to have her on the Stephens College campus.”

Her designs have been worn by Beyoncé, Taylor Swift, Madonna and Ariana Grande, among many others. Her background in architecture gives her an edge and unique advantage when designing the line’s activewear and executing 3D-printed garments.

Chromat began in 2010, was named runner-up in the 2017 CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund competition, and has been featured in Vogue, Elle and Dazed magazines. Each Chromat collection explores the intersection of architecture, fashion and technology, producing garments that augment and enhance the body’s performance through innovative design and cutting-edge technical fabrics.

“Chromat is known for being inclusive and for focusing on fair wages, ethical business practices and sustainability, all features important to our students and the Stephens community,” McMurry said, “one more reason our school and students are anxious to learn more about Becca, her vision and approach to fashion.”

The lecture series will host McCharen-Tran at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2019, in the Kimball Ballroom of Lela Raney Wood Hall, 6 N. College Ave. The lecture is free and open to the public.

The Jeannene Booher Fashion Lecture Series launched in November 2016 with a $1 million gift from Jeannene Booher, a 1956 alumna of the Stephens College fashion program. Through the lecture series, Stephens students also benefit from guest lecturers attending classes, meeting with students in small groups, and providing networking and critique opportunities.

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