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Photos by Brandon Hill

Man, am I glad that today is Friday. Like I mentioned in my last post, the annual UT fashion show was this past Wednesday. This week has been one big stressful and exciting blur (tbh so has this entire school year, but especially this week). In case you missed the show and/or the televised version, I wanted to share another one of my original designs today.

Senior designers are tasked with a lot of garments. Over the course of this year I had to design an activewear garment, a three piece collection (my last post featured one of the three looks), a football game day outfit, and an evening gown. Evening wear is my favorite thing to design, so this dress was one of my most-loved pieces that I got to make for the show.

Like my three piece collection, this gown was also inspired by the 1950s. I drew inspiration from old Hollywood glamour icons such as Marilyn Monroe, Audrey Hepburn, and Elizabeth Taylor. This dress was also influenced by my a few of my favorite designers: Oscar de la Renta, Marchesa, and Zac Posen.

I wanted to create something that was classic and elegant, yet comfortable to wear. Additionally, I wanted my gown to be versatile. So many times we buy a nice dress for a special occasion only to wear it once. To create multiple looks, I designed the train as a removable belt that detaches at the waist.

Thanks to everyone who came out and supported me at the show and to all of you who have left me the sweetest comments and messages. This has been one hell of a ride, and it still hasn’t quite sunk in with me yet that the show is over and graduation is just three short weeks away. I’ll wrap this post up with another reminder that all of my pieces from the show are for sale, including this gown. Email me at thetrendytomboy@gmail.com for pricing!


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