The Future of Fashion Design: Art2Wear 2018

MAY 18, 2018

Strolling through the halls of North Carolina State University’s College of Design, it’s easy to see why you can’t help but feel inspired. Between students working busily on the final touches of their end-of-year collection to the construction of a new installation, there’s no shortage of creativity coming from this design school local to Spoonflower’s headquarters.

Now in its 17th year, Art2Wear, the largest student-run fashion show in the Southeast, has also become a Spoonflower tradition

Art2Wear has been a launching pad for many designers. In fact, it was my turning point in becoming a fashion designer and an artist.” – Justin LeBlanc, Art2Wear faculty advisor and contestant on Project Runway Season 12

Through a fabric sponsorship helping bring their designs to reality, Spoonflower has followed the designers as their Art2Wear runway looks evolved from concept to collection. Each year we are left inspired by what the future of the fashion and textile industry holds and we think you will too after meeting four of the student designers below.

This year’s theme, Caesura, captured the art of interruption, and as you take a closer look at the collections, you’ll quickly see how each student designer found inspiration in the stopping of time.

Christian Fuda | Perspective

This collection is made to encourage people to change their perspective to empower them to find new purpose and beauty in all things.” – Christian Fuda

Photo courtesy of North Carolina State College of Design

Olivia Koval | Ilinx

My collection focuses on the shared desire of adults and children to seek disorienting experiences in which we question what is real and what is imagined” – Olivia Koval

Photo courtesy of North Carolina State College of Design

Katie Rant | Eternal 

Inspired by the ancient Chinese poem, “The Song of Everlasting Regret”, Eternal celebrates the tragic romance between the emperor of the Tang Dynasty and Lady Yang through color print design and material manipulation.” – Katie Rant

Photo courtesy of North Carolina State College of Design

Katie Harris | Tender Loving Flair

Tender Loving Flair harmonizes running free in the natural world and the nostalgia for a great musical generation that transcends time.” – Katie Harris

Photo courtesy of North Carolina State College of Design

Just like the students from Art2Wear, you too can design your own fabric for an upcoming fashion show, a class project or even to pursue your passion project. See how it works and apply to our Student Project Grant.

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  • Marilynn Koeppel 715-344-8069(h) 715-340-3072(c)

    I would like more information about Spoonflower.
    I am a 69 year old non-traditional full-time student at UW-Stevens Point, WI. I am taking a Global Environment class that has really made me think outside of the classroom/box. What can we do to spread awareness, locally and countrywide? I have been looking for ecology type fabrics to make bags to spread the word about global warming, recycling, organic produce, clean water, solar and wind energy, bees, etc. But I haven\’t found much. My thought was that seamstresses make many things that can silently spread awareness; people look at nice handmade unique items such as purses, bags, quilts, clothing, etc. Being a quilter and shopping for fabric across the US, my thought was to design fabrics and then sell the idea/designs to fabric companies to mass produce for sale countrywide to spread awareness.
    In November I took some of the things I had made and/or recycled to the Art School Dean and asked if students might help design fabrics. This evolved into a larger project idea. My \’assignment\’ was to get more information. How did I envision doing this? Cost? Inside the University or outside? Students are usually paid for their designs – how do we get the money to pay them? What Universities have fabric design majors?
    The end of November & early December I was hospitalized twice and had major abdominal surgery, follow-up re-opening incision due to a staph infection, etc. I also have a husband who is totally disabled and on dialysis. Anyway I had to take Incompletes and am just now finally getting back to work on this. (I am not taking additional classes this semester due to my husbands deteriorating health.)
    Can you please help me? Thank you.
    Marilynn Koeppel

    • Hi Marilynn,
      Thanks so much for sharing your story! It sounds like you may be a great candidate for the Student Project Grant, which can you apply to here.