Partnership Projects

EASTMAN NAIA™

 

Naia™, an innovative yarn made from a cellulose ester technology, debuted at the Interfilière Paris fair held January 21–23. Made from wood pulp derived exclusively from sustainably managed and certified forests, Eastman Naia™ cellulosic yarn is a poised, new reflection of a long-standing fiber that enables luxurious, comfortable and easy-to-care-for fabrics and garments.

 

To celebrate the launch of Eastman’s newest material introduction called Naia™ from Eastman, O’More’s Junior design students were challenged to design and construct evening gowns with Naia™ and were revealed at the Fashion Show.  Ashleigh Cain’s design was awarded top honors and a $2500 scholarship for the 2017-18 school year.

 

Think project runway with innovative material and insanely creative students.

 

Photo credit: Design-Ashleigh Cain, Model-Sydney Duncan and Photographer, Jami-Lyn Fehr

GIGI’S PLAYHOUSE

 

Disability in particular is often overlooked by the design world. Clothing becomes more complicated when a person is confined to a wheelchair or blind and using a cane. Junior design students were challenged to apply the design-thinking process to help these individuals who are often forgotten by fashion.

 

Perhaps the most impactful project for the Show was the partnership with GiGi’s Playhouse-Nashville, an achievement center for those with Down syndrome. Eleven of O’More’s Junior design students were paired with a child with Down syndrome from ages 6-10. By developing a relationship with the child first, the O’More students began to better understand their individual likes and needs. At the culmination of the semester, each child showcased a custom outfit at the annual O’More Fashion Show.

 

Photo credit: Design-Sydney Duncan, Child-Jonah McCall, Photographer, Jami-Lyn Fehr

OLAH, INC.

 

Olah Inc.’s history is built on expertise, evolution and innovation.  The company debuted in 1959 and during its tenure the firm has worked with textile and apparel manufacturers throughout the world. Change drives the apparel and textile industry forward and shapes Olah Inc.’s outlook.

 

O’More and Olah, Inc. challenged 10 select design students comprised of Freshmen, Sophomores and Juniors to take a risk and produce innovative designs with cotton denim fabric.  Our students quickly understand that, in order to make a real impact, it is not enough to just make pretty outfits. Well-constructed, well-made and beautiful design begins with extensive research and solidifying a target market where a need is not being met.

 

Students took inspiration from the Spring/Summer 2018 trends shared at the Kingpins Show in Amsterdam.  Designs were revealed at the Fashion Show.

 

Photo credit: Design-Sarah Stevenson, Advantage Models and Talent, Photographer-Heather Durham

ONPOINT MANUFACTURING

 

OnPoint Manufacturing was a 2017 Fashion Show sponsor, and has been an ongoing supporter of our talented students.  OnPoint offers multiple ways to increase a bottom line through a proven innovative on-demand manufacturing model, where businesses are no longer limited by geographical or physical barriers, where apparel designers can connect with consumers around the world quickly and easily.

 

OnPoint also maintains that the on-demand business model offers significant environmental advantages over traditional overseas manufacturing. With fast-fashion manufacturing most apparel often go unsold and are destroyed, usually after being shipped and handled multiple times. Wasted fabric, wasted energy, greenhouse emissions, and landfill overflows can result.

 

Check out the impact OnPoint is making in the textile and apparel industry here.