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Apr 12 2012

N.C. State hosts its first fashion week

N.C. State hosts its first fashion week

Paris. New York. Milan. N.C. State?

The university has something in common with the world’s most fashionable cities this week by hosting its inaugural fashion week. N.C. State Fashion Week (, which started Wednesday and goes through Friday, is three days of fashion shows, guest speakers and exhibitions.

The event developed as an extension of the curriculum of the university’s colleges of textiles and design.

“The idea originated over a year ago because we were implementing a new textile design program,” says Nancy Webster, professor in the textile design program and fashion week organizer. “We wanted to showcase our ability to drive the front end of the business with the creative. We are known for the technical and scientific side of textiles and design, and we wanted to show our capacity for the creative and business side, as well.”

The event kicked off on with the “Avant Garde” show, featuring radical designs by students from N.C. State, as well as those from partner schools: the Fashion Institute of Technology of New York, China’s Donghua University and Hong Kong Polytechnic University. A concluding show, with the theme “Color Fusion,” will close the event at 7:30 p.m. Friday.