Desiree Hedrick won Best of Show, 1st Place and a $1000 prize at North Carolina Museum of Art’s: Inspiring Beauty: 50 Years of Ebony Fashion Fair opening event fashion show competition on Oct. 28. The winning garment was a purple jumpsuit with wire vest. The design is titled "Power Meets Beauty." She excelled over students from state-wide universities including UNCG, NC State, Appalachian and her own peers at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University.
N.C. A&T students Desiree Hedrick, Wes Rowe and Wilhelmina Mendes-Cole competed in the once in a life-time contest evaluated by some well-known authorities in the fashion industry. Zang Toi, Faye Clerk Moseley, and Victor and Sarah Lytvenenko of Raleigh Denim were all judges.
Andre Leon Talley, former American editor-at-large for Vogue magazine made a special guest appearance and offered direct advice and feedback to the winning designer.
The Fashion Merchandising and Design program at A&T offers a comprehensive curriculum that exposes and prepares students for the business of fashion as well as apparel design. Courses in merchandising prepare students for business, marketing and retail aspects of the fashion industry while courses in apparel construction and pattern-making allow students to develop and utilize their creative skills. Students graduate with a well-rounded background in merchandising and apparel design that will allow them to pursue careers in several different areas within and related to the fashion industry.
Originally published Nov. 1, 2017.