Fashion Design Students Showcase Designs at Austin Fashion Week

By Keana Saberi, Editor in Chief

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  • Valerie Peat ’24 struts the runway wearing the dress she designed and handcrafted. This was her time getting to model her own handmade garment for an audience. Photo Courtesy of Judy Chance

    Photo By Judy Chance

  • Holt Bray ’24 poses in a raven colored jumpsuit layered with a white top and accessorized with silver pieces. The Austin Fashion Week Style Show was an outdoor event located in the Domain and featuring both prominent and up-and-coming designers. Photo Courtesy of Judy Chance

    Photo By Judy Chance

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Sophomores Holt Bray and Valerie Peat had the opportunity to model and present garments they designed and fashioned at the Austin Fashion Style Show on Sunday, April 29 at the Domain. The entirety of the show ran from Sunday, April 29 to May 1, and showed off a plethora of styles and sensibilities. The pair was able to present the garments they crafted in their Fashion Design II class, and were bolstered in their aims by Ms. Chance, the Fashion Design teacher. 

“Overall, the show was really fun. It was a little nerve wracking because it was my first time doing anything like that,” Bray said. “It was really fun because you got to see the professionals and the professional garments. Making my own garment was tough, but I got through it. I really like [the garment] and it fits really well. Overall, I had a really good time.” 

The show featured a myriad of artists, with brands specializing in everything from luxury looks to specialized sustainability endeavors. Several pop-up shops were present at the event. Peat modeled her flowy velvet dress, while Bray displayed a sleek black jumpsuit with silver jewelery and a matching belt to compliment the outfit. The opportunity to present their work alongside seasoned designers, both at the local level and beyond, was exhilarating for the two.

“I loved the experience [of] being around professional designers and models,” Peat said. “It was really fun just being in a room with a bunch of other creative people who also love creating and designing clothes.”