ALIVE On The Scene: Wear It Fashion Challenge + Winner Announcement

By ALIVE Staff
In Style

Last night at The Luminary on Cherokee Street, ten local fashion designers competed for a grand prize consisting of a $5,000 award plus a business and development package from Stevens — The Institute of Business and Arts. Their challenge? To each design a piece based off of an iconic or contemporary work of art. After a very tough decision, the six judges deliberated for about 30 minutes before choosing Nasheli Ortiz as the big winner of the night, along with her breathtaking gown based on a piece by artist Sarah Frost.

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Nasheli Ortiz’ design, inspired by “Built” by Sarah Frost. Photo by Matt Kile.

 

Photo by Matt Kile.

Barbara Bultman’s design, inspired by Wangechi Mutu’s “The End of Eating Everything.”  Photo by Matt Kile.

 

XX's design, inspired by "XX." Photo by Matt Kile.

Michael Drummond’s design, inspired by “Condom” by Jenny Holzer. Photo by Matt Kile.

 

It was a group more than worthy of the challenge: Designers included Michael Drummond, Nina Ganci, AJ Thouvenot, Nasheli Ortiz, Qun Liu, Destini Gamble, Barbara Bultman, Alexis Cook, Leah Babette and Tiffany Rae.

XX's design, inspired by "XX." Photo by Matt Kile.

Alexis Cook’s design, inspired by Dale Chihuly’s “Persian Cieling” blown glass. Photo by Matt Kile.

 

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Leah Babette’s design, inspired by various works by Wim Delvoye. Photo by Matt Kile

 

XX's design, inspired by "XX." Photo by Matt Kile.

Nina Ganci’s design, inspired by a painting she owns by DJ Kennedy, who was on site drawing portraits of guests during the event. Photo by Matt Kile.

 

XX's design, inspired by "XX." Photo by Matt Kile.

Qun Liu’s design, inspired by Picasso. Photo by Matt Kile.

 

One of the best parts about the event was that, rather than being paraded in front of the audience, the designs (and designers) were engaging with guests, who could get close to study the detail and craftsmanship that marked each garment and its accessories.

XX's design, inspired by "XX." Photo by Matt Kile.

AJ Thouvenot’s design, inspired by Roy Litchenstein’s “Drowning Girl.” Photo by Matt Kile.

 

XX's design, inspired by "XX." Photo by Matt Kile.

Destini Gamble’s design, inspired by Picasso’s “Peasants.” Photo by Matt Kile.

 

Photo by Matt Kile

Tiffany Rae’s design, inspired by Van Gogh’s “Starry Night.” Photo by Matt Kile.

 

Judges came from both art and fashion backgrounds: Susan Barrett, founder and owner, projects+gallery and Barrett Barrera Projects; Lisa Melandri, director, Contemporary Art Museum; Laura Kathleen Baker, fashion designer and “Project Runway All-Stars” alum; Debra Bass, fashion editor, St. Louis Post-Dispatch; Sarah Stallmann, fashion editor, ALIVE Magazine; Todd Thomas, designer, director, strategic brand consultant and adjunct professor at Parsons The New School.

At 8:30pm, the esteemed judges made their announcement and Nasheli Ortiz, a fashion designer and associate fashion professor at Lindenwood University, took home the grand prize.

Photo by Matt Kile.

Photo by Matt Kile.

Want more STLFW coverage? Check out our recap of the Emerging Designer Competition. 

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