Fashion Fusion

Designers inspired by exhibit of sleek cars create dramatic runway fashion

Designers inspired by exhibit of sleek cars create dramatic fashion

Fashion Fusion runway by Luisa Nadarajah
HCC designer Luisa Nadarajah took home the prize for Best Use of Unconventional Materials and also won the Audience Choice Award. Photo courtesy of Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
Fashion Fusion jewelry and accessories by Silvia Otaola
Silvia Otaola, designer of "Shield," was named winner of Best Jewelry and Accessories. Photo courtesy of Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
Sculpted in Steel, Tatra T97
HCC designers were inspired by the sleek lines of the Sculpted in Steel: Art Deco Automobiles and Motorcycles, 1929—1940 exhibition. MFAH Courtesy Photo
Fashion Fusion runway by Teresa Rangel
Judgest decaled a gown called "White Pearl" designed by Teresa Rangel as the Most Couture. Photo courtesy of Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
Fashion Fusion runway by Alan Gonzalez
HCC designer Alan Gonzalez' gown, "Aerodynamic," was the Most Sculptural. Courtesy of Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
Fashion Fusion runway by Luisa Nadarajah
Fashion Fusion jewelry and accessories by Silvia Otaola
Sculpted in Steel, Tatra T97
Fashion Fusion runway by Teresa Rangel
Fashion Fusion runway by Alan Gonzalez

For the second year in a row, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston focused on a current exhibition to inspire local fashion designers to think creatively and to think big.

In this case, it's the museum's Sculpted in Steel: Art Deco Automobiles and Motorcycles, 1929—1940, a high-style exhibition of sleek vehicles that features flashes of chrome, steel, glass and leather on display for all of Houston to lust after. MFAH officials asked students from the award-winning fashion program at Houston Community College to interpret the exhibition on the catwalk.

The "Fashion Fusion" runway show at the museum's Cullinan Hall featured 20 garments designed by 15 HCC students that were warmly received by an enthusiastic audience. Judges, including Tootsies creative director Fady Armanious, MFAH general manager of retail Chris Goins, and Houston Chronicle fashion writer Joy Sewing, selected winners in four categories: Best Jewelry and Accessories, Most Sculptural, Most Couture and Best Use of Unconventional Materials.

Designer Luisa Nadarajah took home the prize for Best Use of Unconventional Materials. For a gown she titled "The Golden Bride," she incorporated bicycle tubes, fabric, and spray paint. For another gown, "La Ballerine," she mixed car parts, aluminum, Plexiglas, silver, metal, fabric, and spray paint.

Nadarajah also won the Audience Choice award.

Teresa Rangel's gown called "White Pearl," was declared the Most Couture while Alan Gonzalez' gown, "Aerodynamic," was Most Sculptural.

Silvia Otaola, designer of "Shield," was named winner of Best Jewelry and Accessories.

The Sculpted in Steel exhibition is on display through Monday May 30.