Style Watch: Art2Wear designers explore creative obsession

Art2Wear designers make final preparations

NC State student and Art2Wear designer Leeza Regensburger talks about final preparations being made for this year's Art2Wear fashion show.
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NC State student and Art2Wear designer Leeza Regensburger talks about final preparations being made for this year's Art2Wear fashion show.

Creativity begets obsession.

This notion – that the process of creating can, at worst, send artists to the brink of insanity, and at best, inspire them to create masterpieces – will be explored during the annual Art2Wear Fashion Show Friday evening in the Talley Student Center ballroom at N.C. State.

Celebrating its 15th year, the student-run show put on by the school’s College of Design highlights exceptional art-inspired looks by student designers.

This year’s theme, “Virtue of Obsession,” explores the role obsession plays in the design process for the students and how it drives them to create.

“Design takes dedication and persistence, and from there the concept of obsession was born,” says Anahid Telfeyan, student director of this year’s show. “We added the ‘Virtue of’ because obsession can have a negative connotation, and the obsession that we are communicating is just teetering on the edge of diligent passion and mental instability. We design because we are obsessed with creating. We design because we are obsessed with an idea. Obsession drives, intimidates and inspires.”

With previous shows that have included everything from eye-popping 3-D printer designs to exquisite gowns sewn with intricate details, this year’s student team felt challenged to put their own mark on this major campus event. They enlisted the help of their fellow design students in other mediums to create an experience that appeals to multiple senses.

“The precedent has been set for the show, and people expect a certain level of professionalism. This makes things easy because many things are already in place, but I think that each year can still have a different flavor,” says Telfeyan. “For this year, I wanted to address aspects of art and design outside of wearable material and have more student involvement. There will be concepts of visual art and performance art combined into an immersive experience for the audience. Every major from design school is involved in our student exhibition, including architecture, industrial design, graphic design and design studies.”

The show is open to the public, and tickets for the 7:30 p.m. event are $30 at or 919-515-1100.

Trunk shows

▪ Resort and spring looks from Wes Gordon are in store at Vermillion in Raleigh during a trunk show Thursday. Attendees also can preview and place orders for the fall collection, and those making a purchase will be entered to win a painting by artist Ann Beach Thaden. To schedule an appointment, call 919-787-9780.

▪ Pittsboro’s Dovecote boutique will have bold statement necklaces from Fairchild Baldwin in store as part of its pop-up shop series Saturday and Sunday. The jewelry brand is the collaboration of fashion industry scion Jill Fairchild, daughter of W magazine founder John Fairchild, and Karen Baldwin, a veteran of Michael Kors. Call 919-542-1145 for details.

Southern Women’s Show

The Southern Women’s Show returns to the N.C. State Fairgrounds Friday-Sunday with fashion shows, shopping, bra fittings, makeovers from the Belk beauty department and more. There also will be several celebrity guests, including N.C. native Whitney Way Thore from the TLC show “My Big Fat Fabulous Life,” and a dog fashion show featuring adoptable pooches. Tickets for the show are $12 at the door, $10 in advance for adults, $6 for children 6-12. Details:

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