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 18 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.

Full-Circle Creations

What do straws, shower curtains, caution signs, balloons and grocery bags have in common? They all made an appearance at Art2Wear — alongside yards of other outside-the-box materials.

It was all in the name of circularity, the theme of the 2019 show. Eight student designers were challenged to create collections with the entire life cycle of their garments in mind. Setting their sights on sustainability, they studied zero-waste techniques, sourced environmentally friendly fabrics and repurposed waste materials to bring their designs to life.

Explore some stats racked up over 18 years of Art2Wear:




hours of studio time


yards of fabric