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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 21 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.

Art2Wear Advances

For more than two decades, Art2Wear has challenged young designers to imagine, create and inspire through showstopping wearable art.

The theme of this year’s show was dissonance and students unveiled their creations in person for the first time in two years. We also saw looks created entirely out of donated fabric from performance apparel company Under Armour during the One-Look Design Challenge.

Students wearing Art2Wear creations walk down the runway.

Art2Wear is an opportunity to break the mold and to allow the designers to make their wildest dreams come to life through fashion and art.

Justin LeBlanc

Former Art2Wear faculty advisor

Relive the 2022 premiere: Art2Wear took over Stewart Theatre on April 27. Watch the student participants showcase their designs.