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Banner with wearable art from the 2022 show

Art2Wear

Check back in Spring 2023 for more information on the 2023 Art2Wear showcase.

What is A2W?

Mission

Art2WearTM (A2W) is an educational event where students gain experience by coordinating and producing an annual show. Young designers are challenged to imagine, create, and inspire by expressing their point of view through wearable art. This highly anticipated show fuses the talents of several departments in the College of Design and beyond, exposing student designers to the broader field of fashion and wearable art. A2W attracts approximately 1,000 attendees in addition to encouraging participation by engaging the student body, the Raleigh community, and the broader design industry.

Vision

A2W’s vision is to challenge our audience and designers to question the boundaries and conventional definitions of “fashion.” We seek to explore new fashion ground and create new design pathways by encouraging our students to blend their technical skill with innovative technology.

Wearable Art

A product or sculptural piece that interacts with the body and serves as either a cultural artifact, an artistic expression, a reflector of society, outward illustration of a person’s identity (including but not limited to social class, religion, and ethnicity), starter of revolutions, economic building block, basic human need, or body covering.