ALIVE On The Scene: Wear It Fashion Challenge + Winner Announcement
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.
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.
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.
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.
Want more STLFW coverage? Check out our recap of the Emerging Designer Competition.