The Homewood Star
B4 • May 2015
Fashion week to feature Homewood students’ designs By MADOLINE MARKHAM Ashley Lewis will be one step closer to designing her own clothing line when her designs walk the runway at Birmingham Fashion Week this month. She is one of 16 college or post-graduate students competing in the 2015 Emerging Designer Competition May 7-9. The 2005 Homewood High School graduate is now working on her MFA in fashion design at Savannah College of Art and Design. She calls her aesthetic “glamorous sophistication” and said it is characterized by a mix of hard and soft textures. The collection at fashion week is in the style of Medieval Romanticism, mixing Romantic painting styles with flowing gowns from the Medieval period. Taking inspiration from Victor and Roff, her collection of dresses all have similar silhouette styles with different details to individualize them. On them, some floral prints will be three-dimensional. “I am looking forward to seeing the garments finished and on the runway,” she said. “It’s something that not every designer gets to experience, getting to see them come to life.” Lewis, the daughter of Connie Lewis and Sylvia Denise Lewis, lived in Homewood while working as an interior designer after college until beginning her master’s degree. In order to be considered for the Emerging Designer competition,
Birmingham Fashion Week Emerging Designer finalist Ashley Lewis is from Homewood. Photo courtesy of Juan Rodriguez Photography.
each applicant submitted at least eight clothing sketches, create a digital mood board that describes what inspired each design and underwent in-person interview sessions with a team of judges. The winner will announced during Saturday’s runway finale and receive a grand prize package including a guaranteed spot at BFW 2016’s runway show, a television appearance, editorial piece, photo shoot with a BFW
professional photographer including hair and makeup, as well as a $1,000 scholarship. Also on the runway during fashion week will be several Rising Design Star semifinalists from Homewood. Each contestant crafted a garment representing one of Alabama’s major industries (agriculture, livestock, transportation, technology, fishing, forestry and mining) with recycled or alternative materials such as glue,
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staples, tape, safety pins and paper clips. These garments were on display at the Birmingham Museum of Art through April 26. A select number of contestants will advance to the final round of the competition to showcase their design on the Birmingham Fashion Week runway Thursday, May 7 and Friday, May 8. In addition to their initial runway look, the design students selected to progress to the next round
will also be required to create a second look from recycled Buffalo Rock Co. materials to walk the runway and compete for the sought-after title of Birmingham Fashion Week’s Rising Design Star. Semifinalists will move on to the final round of judging during the finale runway show on Saturday, May 9, with the winner will be announced that evening and awarded a $500 scholarship.
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