Paris. Milan. New York. Raleigh. Each spring, Art2Wear brings the most innovative high fashion concepts to NC State's campus.

On the Catwalk

What is fashion? NC State’s Art2Wear show demonstrates that there’s no one answer.

The annual event, organized by the Department of Art + Design in NC State’s College of Design, has grown from a small, grassroots showcase to the largest student-run fashion show in the Southeast. For 19 years, it has challenged both student designers and the audience to question the boundaries and conventional definitions of fashion.

Years of hard work and vision culminate in this showcase of fashion, costume and wearable sculpture — a dazzling display of creativity and innovation.

Strange. Unfamiliar. Marvelous.

Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Art2Wear traded in its usual packed ballroom for a digital showcase.

The event’s 2020 theme was selcouth, a word to describe the strange, unfamiliar and completely marvelous. It proved to be prescient. Just weeks out from Art2Wear’s planned date, the university made the transition to remote learning. And 10 student designers got to work — and got extra creative — navigating unprecedented times to produce boundary-pushing collections from home.

Explore some stats racked up over 19 years of Art2Wear:




hours of studio time


yards of fabric