On February 22, 2019, the TXA design school hosted an Open House for their senior designers in preparation for the upcoming fashion show Matrix. In attendance were several significant guests including sponsors from the University Co-Op and Mrs. Fenves, wife to Greg Fenves, president at The University of Texas at Austin.
Each senior designer is responsible for creating their own collection to be showcased at Matrix this April. With the event quickly approaching, excitement and anticipation are high.
This year’s designers were inspired by everything— from video games to Bonnie and Clyde to math sequences.
However, some inspiration comes from a more personal place. Senior designer Ilana Wayne says she was inspired by human nature that tempts us to remain rigid, “Inevitably we have to deter from all paths to become successful so I chose very linear objects to construct my garment with.” said Wayne.
Wayne even went as far as to take materials into account. She utilized tulle as it is a linear lattice print from there a straight line was sewn across the tulle sleeve. Wayne says she also used techniques such as contouring and gathering to make what was essentially linear really fluid.
Other designers were inspired by emotion as well like Hunter Tanem, whose garment is an Avant-Garde take on the concept of memories in fusion with influence from Japanese ukiyo-e prints. The pink garment portrays memory through a linear-like structure similar to a memory but illustrates the flow through a gathering technique.
Designers Donna Silverio and Lindsay Butler were both inspired by other art forms. Silverio says “My design was inspired by ornate Russian eggs there’s only about 50 in the world. I was inspired by the shape of an egg and how it’s curved and I wanted my dress to show those curves.”
Silverio’s golden dress depicts the rich gold insides of the Russian eggs. Also, the unique dress features handmade flowers and padding at the hips to achieve an egg like shape.
Senior Lindsey Butler gathered information from a more traditional art form, a painter. Butler says Gustav Klimt’s Flower Garden inspired her molded dress. Butler says her inspiration for the dress’ shape came from shaping and reshaping the images flowers in the computer. Through stretching and resizing Butler was able to achieve her desired shape.
A few notable appearances contributed to the day’s excitement. Cheryl Pfeifer with the University Co-Op says, “The university Co-op has been engaged with the fashion show since its implementation. I believe we were the initial sponsor and have remained so.”
A few notable appearances contributed to the day’s excitement. Cheryl Pfeifer with the University Co-Op says, “The University Co-Op has been engaged with the fashion show since its implementation. I believe we were the initial sponsor and have remained so.”
Leslie Smith, also an employee of the University Co-Op said, “We love every single collection. We get inspired by the fashion show, we love to see what students are working on and it helps give us direction for what we’re looking for going forward.”
Lastly, Ms. Fenves was present at the open house to get a sneak peek of the garments before they hit the runway. “The TXA school has been so sweet to include me in the judging for the show. The students work so hard [spending] lots of hours, and what they produce is unique and really special.” Ms. Fenves said she is especially loving the use of alternate and manipulated fabrics in the students’ designs this year.
With lots of excitement and curiosity leading up the 2019’s Matrix we’re excited to view the complete senior collections this April. •