Spring is a time of growth, new birth and transformation, so it only makes sense that it is also the season of our annual O’More Fashion Show.
Day and night, our corridors are a swirl of beautiful fabrics, trimmings, ribbons and other embellishments as our students prepare for the May show. They are immersed in our college’s mission to create designs that transform the world, and it is exciting to work alongside them.
These students are why the faculty at O’More do the job we do. They are dreamers, yet they have their feet firmly planted on the ground.
Our students may come to O’More with the dream of showing their work at New York Fashion Week someday, but they soon realize the extreme amount of blood, sweat and tears necessary to make success happen. They dig in and rise to the challenge.
Our students quickly understand that, in order to make a real impact, it is not enough to just make pretty outfits. Well-constructed, well-made and beautiful design begins with extensive research and solidifying a target market where a need is not being met.
This is a process called design-thinking and it is at the core of O’More’s curriculum. Before ever picking up a pair of scissors, students are challenged to empathize with the needs of the person who will be wearing their designs.
Sometimes that need may be simple functionality, such as protection from the elements. But sometimes the need is much more significant, something that influences the user’s life every day.
Disability in particular is often overlooked by the design world. Clothing becomes more complicated when a person is confined to a wheelchair or blind and using a cane. In anticipation of the Fashion Show, we are challenging our students to apply the design-thinking process to help these individuals who are often forgotten by fashion.
Perhaps the most exciting development coming out of this challenge is the partnership with GiGi’s Playhouse-Nashville, an achievement center for those with Down’s Syndrome. Eleven of O’More’s junior design students are being paired with a child with Down’s Syndrome aged 6 to 10. By developing a relationship with the child first, the O’More students begin to better understand their individual likes and needs.
At the culmination of the semester, each child will showcase their custom outfit at the annual O’More Fashion Show.
Students spend months fully immersed in the design process, determining executable designs, appropriate fabrics and a realistic timeline, all before draping and patterning can begin. But at the core of every step, no matter how tedious, is the realization of a design with the power to transform – whether that be comfort, function, or even a life.Read more at:http://www.marieprom.co.uk/cocktail-dresses-uk | http://www.marieprom.co.uk/evening-dresses-uk
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