‘Cutting Edge’ show slated April 16

The works of University of the Incarnate Word student designers will be featured in the 2014 Cutting Edge Fiesta® Fashion Show on Wednesday, April 16, at Marriott Rivercenter Hotel, 101 Bowie St.

Doors will open at 11 a.m. with the fashion show set for 11:30. Lunch will be served immediately following the show.

According to the fashion department’s website, the fashion show will feature  “the latest fashions created and presented by UIW’s fashion design students. ‘The Cutting Edge” Fiesta® Fashion Show’ displays new talent set to the professional standard of a New York-style runway show.”

Student designers will present fashion collections they have illustrated, designed and constructed in a fashion capstone course. Each collection is centered on an individual theme ranging from a season, a color or a market segment. This annual event is produced by students – from sound and lighting, to staging and contracting professional models. UIW students experience every aspect of planning a professional runway show.

The fashions seen on the (runway) are the culmination of a yearlong process undertaken by senior fashion design students who learn to design and create within timelines and budgets typical in the industry. During the fall, students develop a collection of 12 illustrations which are juried by faculty and industry professionals. The top eight illustrations become the students’ collections. Patterns are developed and sample garments are made as students work under tight deadlines.

In the spring, students produce final garments and by spring break the judging process begins.

Two panels of judges made up of industry professionals – one for construction and one for design. The garments and collections with the judges’ highest scores win prizes for design, construction and best collection.

Meanwhile, students in the Fashion Show Production class are divided into committees that coordinate various aspects of the show. One committee coordinates with the designers to secure their collection sketches, assist with hair, makeup, music selections and a photo shoot. Another committee reviews agency model books, organizes fittings and develops a working model lineup for the show. A third committee of dressers works with the models back stage. And the fourth committee coordinates the sound, lighting and photography for the show.


Tables are $1,500 for first-row seating, $1,000 for the second row, and $750 for the third and fourth rows.

Individual seats, which include lunch, are available in the fourth row for $75. Show-only tickets are available for $25.

All proceeds from the event fund scholarships for students in UIW’s fashion management program.

For more information or to make reservations, call (210) 829-6013 or go online at www.cuttingedge-sa.com

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