AUSTIN -- Saturday morning at the W, models hit the catwalk to show off the latest creations of design students from the University of Texas, The Art Institute, Austin School of Fashion Design and McCallum High School.
But this wasn't your ordinary fashion show, 17 of Austin's up-and-coming fashion designers showcased their wares. Models ranged in age from 13 to 65 and all hailed from UT Austin, Austin School of Fashion Design, the Art Institute and McCallum High School. The artists created their designs using vintage Race for the Cure t-shirts and two yards of fabric.
And the models aren't just any models. They are all breast cancer survivors
This year marks 15 years for Komen Austin and 100 percent of the proceeds go to that organization for breast cancer research. It's vital -- since breast cancer will affect one in eight women at some point in her life.
The students were judged on technique and vision for their model. Thirteen-year-old Jessica Faith Marshall won. She's the founder and designer of Faith by Jessica -- the luxury contemporary and evening apparel brand for women. Marshall received $500.00 donated by Ticketbud, jewelry designed by Kendra Scott. She’ll also get one-on-one training with each judge.
The judges were:
Allison Schickel with Brobe www.thebrobe.com
Ross Bennett with www.therossbennettcollection.com
Matt Swinney founder of Austin Fashion Week http://fashionweekaustin.com
Kendra Scott team rep www.kendrascott.com
Sarah McLaughlin Reed of Sarah Eileen www.SarahEileen.com
Mr. Leonardo D'Almagro- International Fashion editor for Influnetial Magazine http://influential-magazine.com/