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Fun Fact: What fashion project was inspired from cast-off tire treads?

ArtWare annual show 2011Original creations of selected senior fashion design students will be exhibited at ArtWear 2011, an annual runway show, at 6 p.m. Saturday, May 7 in the University Union, Silver Eagle Suite.

What project was inspired from cast-off tire treads?

A. Kate Middleton’s wedding dress

B. Michelle Obama’s Easter dress

C. A vampire-biker fashion concept

D. Queen Elizabeth’s May Day hat

The correct answer is C. For one aspiring fashion designer, Jennifer Johnson, the inspiration for her latest project came from cast-off tire treads on the side of the road. She created an entire collection of fashions based on a vampire biker concept with chains, dark blue denim, black leather, maroon silk, and pleats made to look like those inspiring tire treads.

Her collection, along with others will be shown at ArtWear 2011.

  • Tickets are $25 for the public
  • $10 with UNT student ID
  • Call 940-565-3805 to buy tickets.

Considered clubwear or streetwear, Johnson’s collection includes jeans, dresses and a jacket, which she describes as fitting “someone who is much more edgy and isn’t afraid to be a little different.” Johnson says she chose to study at UNT because of the experience of the professors and the well-rounded educational plan. She plans to intern at Nicole Miller in New York after May 14 graduation.

Another fashion design student, Kristen Jackson, designs above, found her inspiration in Byzantine art, 1920s fashion and today’s music of French musician Bob Sinclar. Her evening wear and cocktail gowns mimic the colors of Byzantine art in loose ‘20s silhouettes with a modern, edgy feel reminiscent of Sinclar’s music.

Enter to win a pair of tickets to ArtWear. Send an email to InHouse with “ArtWear” in the subject line by 5 p.m. May 3. Winner will be selected at random from all responses.

Jackson, who interned at Nicole Miller in New York last summer, plans to return to New York to seek work in the fashion design industry after she graduates this May. But first, she’s looking forward to seeing her hard work on the runway.

Students have been exhibiting their fashion designs for more than 30 years in the annual ArtWear fashion show. The event has marked the debut of many successful designers who have gone on to work for companies such as Calvin Klein, Liz Claiborne, Fossil, Theory, Nicole Miller, Betsey Johnson, Kellwood, Neiman Marcus, Dillard's, Haggar, JCPenney and Russell-Newman.

Recognized alumni of the program include Michael Faircloth, Nicolas Villalba, Finley Moll, and most recently Shirin Askari of the television show Project Runway.


Posted on: Mon 02 May 2011

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