Students show they’re on ‘Cutting Edge’

By John Paul Coronado


McCombs Center Rosenberg Skyroom was transformed with a catwalk for the 36th annual “Cutting Edge Fiesta Fashion Show” held on Monday, April 11.

Ten different student designers from the senior Collection I and II classes had their collections featured in the official Fiesta event planned by the Juren Sullivan Center for Fashion Management. Each collection was judged on construction and design.

Fashion guru Michael Quintanilla, a former San Antonio Express-News reporter who’s covered the show in the past, served as master of ceremonies at the evening event.

Many fashion companies provided services and goods for the student designers’ collections. Aveda Beauty provided hair and MAC Cosmetics did makeup. Jewelry and accessories were supplied through Macy’s. The models that showcased the collections were from Nelson Fashion Group and Webner Productions.

Senior Stephanie Maiti-Marquez’s “Origin” collection, which was inspired by her Indian and Mexican culture, won “Best of Show.” Maiti-Marquez’s entire collection was made out of cotton and linen from Mexico while the colors and embroidery were inspired from India. “Origin” also placed first in construction and third in design.

Maiti-Marquez was presented with the Pinkie’s People Choice, a scholarship created in the name of 1946 Incarnate Word College alumna Mary Helen “Pinkie” Deving Pinner who was at the fashion show.

Mrs. Pinner and her late husband, Bill Pinner, gave their time and service back to UIW over the years by funding three UIW scholarships. The audience voted for the recipient via text message.

“I was very shocked and honored with receiving the award,” Maiti-Marquez said. “I worked so hard on my project. I am overwhelmed right now and I cannot believe it. It was something I did not expect to win. Everything is just so overwhelming tonight.”

After graduation, Maiti-Marquez said she plans to move to New York for an internship creating custom clothes, evening apparel and bridal dresses.

All funds earned from the fashion show go towards two scholarships called “The Cutting Edge Endowed Scholarship.” This year’s recipients — Olivia Helms and Natalia Hendricks – each earned a $1,500 scholarship.

The 2016 show also featured one male student designer, Alejandro Lee Charles. Charles’ collection, “Tropico,” was inspired by “Belinda,” one of his favorite Spanish artists. His collection also represented a rainforest setting. Since Charles was the only male designer he did not have the option to create male clothing.

“My collection is about being fierce and fruity like a rainforest,” Charles said. “It’s something Beyoncé should wear.”