Budding Fashion Designers to Compete at Providence StyleWeek

Budding Fashion Designers to Compete at Providence StyleWeek

February 13, 2015

Innovative non-textile designs by two up-and-coming designers will be part of a student fashion competition at StyleWeek, Providence, R.I.'s fashion week.

The competition, called SEED: INNOVATION MEETS EDUCATION will take place at the Providence Biltmore on February 17 at 7 p.m. and features designs from Lasell juniors Madeline Hixon '16 and Rebecca Douglas '16.

The students were chosen by Lasell fashion faculty for the quality of their non-textile designs, according to Lynn Blake, chair of the fashion department.

Douglas' unique wedding gown design is made predominately out of white Eva foam cut out in multiple right triangles, and molded over heat to resemble white Calla Lilies. The veil was cut from plastic and then embellished with crystals in a similar fashion.

Hixon's design is made of 2 x 4s cut into individual strips. The pieces are drilled and tied together with braided hemp. Each piece is hand stained and strung together to make the circular shape for around the forehead, the top of the head, and for the waistband. The bottom of the garment is made of a cut, clear shower curtain with galvanized nails sewn in for shine.

"It is supposed to be more of a piece of art than a wearable item, and I think it gives a deeper meaning to the word 'construction' when it comes to fashion and design in general," said Hixon.

The pair will compete against other students from Rhode Island School of Design, Fashion Institute of Technology, Massachusetts College of Art and Design and Boston's School of Fashion Design for a cash prize and a write-up in a regional publication and an opportunity to present a larger body of work at a future StyleWeek.

StyleWeek, established in 2009, was created with the vision of connecting buyers and press with emerging design talent.