Students From The Art Institutes Debut Designs at Austin Fashion Week

The Art Institute of Austin (Ai Austin), a branch of The Art Institute of Houston, was a sponsor of this year’s Austin Fashion Week (AFW) that took place from December 3rd through 5th at the Domain, in Austin, Texas.  At AFW, the Art Institutes showcased designs from two students from the Austin Campus and two from the Houston Campus. Eliana “Elly” Abels and Sandra Nyamuhebe, both from Ai Austin, showed three to five designs, while Adrian Young and Sharysse Ferguson from Ai Houston showed three designs each.

For the AFW show that took place Saturday, December 4th at 3:30 PM, the Ai students worked on themed collections. Abel’s line, “Keep Austin Weird,” features denim designs with inclusions of gingham, rainbow, tie-dye, and fringe.

Nyamuhebe’s high fashion collection mixed evening and daily wear in African print fabrics with additions like ruffles and tulle.

Young was inspired by “The Matrix,” with a line that included a modern aesthetic of neon colors mixed with black and complete outfits inclusive of all genders.

Ferguson brought “It Girl” fashion to the stage with body-hugging draped separates fit for a night out on the town.

“We couldn’t be prouder of our students and their participation in Austin Fashion Week,” said Harvey M. Giblin, M.Ed, Campus President of The Art Institute of Houston and Austin. “Students in our Fashion Design [BFA] program learn the art of designing clothing relevant to a specific cultural time and experience. We’re so proud to see our students take their unique interpretations of the current climate of fashion to the stage at this year’s Austin Fashion Week.”

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Source: The Art Institutes, AFW, Eliana Abels, Sandra Nyamuhebe, Adrian Young, Sharysse Ferguson