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Fashion students pose for a photo with their clients from Gigi's Playhouse. Clients are wearing custom garments designed by fashion students.

Partnership Projects

GiGi’s Playhouse Down Syndrome Achievement Center

A photo of a young girl with Down syndrome standing back-to-back with a fashion design student.Perhaps one of the most impactful projects our program has been tasked with was our partnership with GiGi’s Playhouse-Nashville, an achievement center for those with Down syndrome. Eight Sophomore and Junior design students and one O’More alumna were paired with a new friend with GiGi’s.  By developing a relationship with their new friends first, the designers began to better understand their individual likes and needs. At the culmination of the semester, our GiGi’s friends graced the runway with a custom outfit at the annual O’More Fashion Show designed by our talented students and alumni.

Sponsored by VF Corporation.


Olah, Inc.

Photo of a student working with denim, using a sewing machine.Olah Inc.’s history is built on expertise, evolution and innovation. The company debuted in 1959 and during its tenure the firm has worked with textile and apparel manufacturers throughout the world. Change drives the apparel and textile industry forward and shapes Olah Inc.’s outlook.

O’More and Olah, Inc. challenged nine select design students comprised of Sophomores and Juniors to take a risk and produce innovative designs with cotton denim fabric provided by Prosperity Textile. Our students quickly understand that, in order to make a real impact, it is not enough to just make pretty outfits. Well-constructed, well-made and beautiful design begins with extensive research and solidifying a target market where a need is not being met.

Students took inspiration from the Fall/Winter 2019-20 trend Altitude with a focus on extreme sports. Designs were revealed at Denim Days-Nashville in November 2018, and were showcased on the runway at the 2019 Fashion Show.


Photography: Heather Durham