RUNWAY TULSA Fall 2018 Designers
Jacqueline Addison was born and raised in Ghana, Africa. She began her education at an early age at the side of her father, who was a tailor, with whom she worked closely. After her father's passing passing, Jacqueline moved to the United States to pursue a career in design, in part, to fulfill his dreams and carry on his name. She attended Kent State University studying Fashion and Apparel Design before transferring to the Art Institute International - Minnesota, where she graduated with a degree in Fashion Design.
In her brief time in the states she has been awarded multiple awards and received considerable recognition. Jacqueline was also featured on the cover of Minnesota Monthly multiple times, as well as Passion for Fashion.
Addison's clothing line is called Akua Gabby, and it's influenced by her West African roots. Her collection showing Friday night was made from fabric she bought in Ghana. The pieces include bold princess-style dresses with risque details like sheer bodices — staples of her line of formal wear.
Bizarre Couture is a Tulsa-based studio, led by designer Ariel Lev, crafting custom garments for special occasions, and wearable art-pieces. The current line, FashionFORWARD, is an idealized vision of the future of fashion, emphasizing advanced production technology while being mindful of sustainability. Many pieces from this line are made from reused or recycled components, while other materials are created in-house. Bizarre Couture employs a computer aided design professional, and runs multiple 3D printers to produce accessories, fasteners, and even fabrics. 3D printing is a perfect example of the intersection of technology and sustainability. Lev's manufacturing technique produces almost no waste. Many pieces are printed in polylactic acid filament, a biodegradable polymer engineered from non-toxic, renewable resources. Stylistically, FashionFORWARD references an eclectic assortment of styles including the 1980s club scene, 2000s Harajuku, and contemporary New York street fashion.
2018 Emerging Designers
Saraya Storm Harmon (Tulsa)
Tabitha Andelin (Los Angeles)
Kara Rainey (Tulsa)
Crystal Emerson (Oklahoma City)
Details about these exciting young designers will be posted soon!