College of Design’s Art2Wear fashion show goes virtual due to COVID-19

NC State’s annual Art2Wear event premieres Friday, June 11, at 7 p.m. as an online film production instead of its usual in-person runway, due to COVID-19 restrictions.

Art2Wear is a fashion show put on every year by students in the College of Design. The show provides a real-life experience for students by allowing them to work on the production and design aspects of a fashion show. Students produce works of art in the form of runway fashion.

Usually, the Art2Wear fashion show is presented as a live runway show in Talley Student Union, but this year, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the show will be an online film in collaboration with NC State RED-i, a communications and marketing collaboration group.

In presenting the show as a film, viewers will get a uniquely personal understanding of the story behind each collection. Art2Wear also offers a virtual reality experience alongside the show, allowing the audience to get a closer look at this year’s collections.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions and safety concerns, the designers had to work remotely for most of the process.

Liz Braaksma, a third-year studying environmental design in architecture, and Sarah Quinn, a third-year in the design studies program, are partnered designers for the show.