FUSION, The 2015 University of Texas Fashion Show

Thursday, April 23rd @ Frank Erwin Center

Doors 5:30pm, Runway Show 7:15pm, Press Q&A 8:50pm

UFG works with the Textiles and Apparel Division to put on the annual UT fashion show featuring garments by our senior apparel design students. The show is held at the Frank Erwin Center every year and has grown from an audience of 500 in 1997 to 5,000 in 2014! Leading up to the day of Fusion, our website and social media profiles are the go-to sources for all the latest updates regarding the show and the designers. Our show would not be where it is today without our determined and hard-working students that are part of the designing team and/or the production unit, our incredibly encouraging staff of professors that carry us throughout the entire journey, and all our wonderful sponsors and contributors from around the community.


Eve Nicols, Director of UT Fashion Show

Ronit Joselevitz, President of University Fashion Group

Victoria Espinoza, Director of Public Relations of UFG


Presenting Sponsor: The University Co-operative Society, Inc. 

Elite Sponsor: Lexus of Austin 

Award Sponsors: Cotton University, Russell Korman, & Independence Title

The School Advisory Board, Fashion Show Committee

Founder of the Fashion Mentor Program: Carla McDonald

2015 Leader of Estilo Fashion Mentor Group: Stephanie Coultress

Susie Adams, Kay Beecherl, Rosemary Campbell, Aida Dieck, Vicki Eidman, Martha Ferguson, Mary Herman, 

Jessie Hite, Ann Kilby, Karen Matthews, Sue Meller, Nancy Payne


Press release

AUSTIN- Texas—This year’s annual fashion show, Fusion, organized by students of The University of Texas at Austin’s, University Fashion Group, will take place on Thursday, April 23, 2015. The fashion show will begin at 7:15 p.m. at the Frank Erwin Center. Tickets are free and available at the box office starting Monday, March 23 the event is open to the public.

Before the show commences, at 5:30 p.m. there will be the Immersed in Cotton Room, sponsored by Cotton Incorporated’s Cotton University, which will feature student design and research projects, as well as the entries for the Lexus of Austin Design Challenge.

The 2014 show was well attended, and in the last 17 years the show has grown from an audience of 500 in 1997 to 5,000 in 2014. The 2013 show was also attended by Daniel Esquivel of 2013’s season of Project Runway and Cameron Silver of Bravo TV’s Dukes of Melrose.

‘Fusion,’ a word that signifies the unity of many things to become a single entity, describes the aesthetic and attitude of this year’s senior design students perfectly. By bringing together a fusion of creative designs that are thoughtfully and intelligently produced, the designers’ garments bond together to create a spectacular runway experience.

The school stages a professional quality event. Brad Goreski of E!’s “Fashion Police” attended the 2012 show and tweeted to over 150,000 followers “Congratulations, the UT Fashion Show was fabulous!”

Students graduating with this degree study a broad range of subjects, including science, business and design. They are required to excel in all courses gaining the full spectrum of skills necessary to prepare them for a career in the fashion industry. Notable employers of students current and past include Marc Jacobs, Alexander Wang, Ralph Lauren, Adidas, Vera Wang, Zac Posen, Under Armour, Brooks Brothers and Macy’s to name a few.

“I attended UT’s Fashion Show ‘Contour.’ It can be called the biggest, most well attended, best-produced show in town. The production values are stunning, and for a few minutes you can actually imagine you’re at a couture show in New York,” said Stephen McMillian Moser, style editor of the Austin Chronicle about the 2012 show.

Twenty-four apparel design students will present over 120 original designs on the runway using a mix of textures and techniques. Designers for “Fusion” have created cutting-edge performance designs that move beyond ordinary uses- they become safety garments, incorporate digital prints, programmable lights, performance fabrics, as well as other creative innovations.

A panel of local industry professional including Carla McDonald, Patty Hoffpauir, Sergio Guadaramma, Lance Avery Morgan, Megan Summerville, Linda Asaf and Gail Chovan will award prizes for the categories of Most Innovative Fashion Collection, Most Marketable Fashion Collection, Best Technical Collection, Best Evening Gown, Best Bridal Gown and Best Overall Collection of 2015.

This year, Lexus of Austin will return as an elite sponsor for the show, and for the first time since 2010, the University Co-op will return as a founding sponsor the show. Additional support comes from Cotton Incorporated’s Cotton University, and The Fashion Mentors. Austin’s own Jackson Ruiz will provide hair and makeup stylists for the models.

The event will be broadcast “Live” on the Long Horn Network, which airs through Time Warner Cable, as well at AT&T U-Verse on the night of “Fusion.”


What: UT Fashion Show 2015  ‘Fusion’

When: Thursday, April 23, 2015, Frank Erwin Center

5:30 PM Immersed in Cotton Exhibition Room and the Lexus of Austin Design Challenge (Lone Star Room)

7:15 PM Runway Show (Arena)

8:50 PM PRESS & DONORS ONLY meet the designers with their models in the Lone Star Room)

How to attend: Attendance is free and open to the public. Tickets are available for collection from the Erwin Center Box Office starting Monday, March 23.

Special Press Tickets available on request.