Critics of the fashion industry often cite it for being a vain and materialistic field; nose-in-the-air, pretentious snobs dictating what consumers need to spend their money on in order to fit in with the cool kids. However, the fashion industry does a lot more good than its critics would like to admit.
Setting out to become a successful designer can be daunting. Catwalks and Classrooms proved that collaboration is the key that encourages success.
This Thursday, Magpies & Peacocks demonstrated that fashion professionals can make a positive impact with their inaugural ‘Catwalks and Classrooms’ showcase. Magpies & Peacocks, a Houston non-profit design house, worked with the Art Institute of Houston to spotlight twenty-five students from junior and college fashion courses who created looks from materials that were donated by Magpies & Peacocks. These upcycled looks were then judged by Houston fashion leaders and winners received scholarships, goods and services.
Catwalks and Classrooms provided student designers with the rare opportunity to present their designs to industry leaders and compete for prizes that will propel their career. However, the experience these young designers received that was truly remarkable was the opportunity to be in a crowded room of people from all corners of the fashion industry who worked together to support the future of fashion. Setting out to become a successful designer can be daunting. Catwalks and Classrooms proved that collaboration is the key for encouraging success.