EXCLUSIVE FEATURE: CollegeFashionista X Escape Fashion Show Recap


Every year, the Textile and Apparel Design students and Fashion Show Production class put on a spectacular that is not to be missed.  The annual juried fashion show sent its guests on a journey this year to four of the fashion capitals of the world: Tokyo, London, New York and Paris. Models strutted the students’ garments down the runway during one of the four cities’ segments while backgrounds and music emitted the vibe of the city along the way.

The University of Wisconsin Style Gurus had the opportunity to give an award to who they thought the Best Designer at the show was.  Xiaotong Zhao was selected for her beautiful pieces that displayed intricate leather work in trendy shapes and silhouettes, among several others. Check out our Q&A with her below for a little insight into her design world.

CollegeFashionista: How would you describe your design style?

Xiaotong Zhao: Clean and elegant, in general; sometimes it’s playful and sculptural too.

CF: What was your favorite part of the Escape fashion show?

XZ: I worked backstage and dressed a model in five seconds!

CF: Where did you get your inspiration for the pieces you had in the show?

XZ: I drew inspiration from Piet Mondrian's grid-based painting, historical garments like corsets and full skirts, origami and paper-cutting art, as well as a dream about a mermaid.

Before the show, the Style Gurus hosted a fabulous red carpet where attendees could get their photo snapped and relish in the glamour and high energy of the night. One guest in particular, Kate Morrick, stood out in her beautiful white, pleated maxi skirt, leather jacket and layered necklace.  She won CollegeFashionista’s Best Dressed Student award. Read on to find out a little more about her philosophy of fashion.

CollegeFashionista: How would you describe your personal style?

Kate Morrick: I would describe my style as ethereal meets industrial. I love long, flowing lines and elegant fabrics but also am completely intrigued by more masculine and hardware influenced accessories.

CF: What was your favorite part of the Escape fashion show?

KM: I loved the Parisian section of the show. Really beautiful fabrics and colors!

CF: Why do you love fashion?

KM: Fashion is one of the easiest ways I'm able to express myself. The fact that it's constantly changing and pulling inspiration from different time periods and lifestyles makes it forever interesting.

CollegeFashionista couldn't have been more excited to be a part of the Escape fashion show. We're already looking forward to next year!

Photo credit for first photo: Diego Campos


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