SAN ANTONIO – A record crowd of over 900 guests packed San Antonio’s Marriott Rivercenter Hotel on Monday, April 22, for the University of the Incarnate Word’s Cutting Edge Fiesta® Fashion Show held in memory of Kathleen Watson. The show is dedicated to Watson in recognition of her work and support of the UIW Mission. Watson was instrumental in transforming a small, annual student fashion show into today’s successful event showcasing student talent and creativity while raising funds for scholarships in the UIW fashion department.
The annual event, produced entirely by students, featured garments illustrated, designed and constructed by seniors in UIW’s Fashion Design program. Incarnate Word senior Ashley Pugh won the top awards taking home the Kathleen Watson Award for Best of Show as well as first place in construction and first place design for her collection titled “The Wedding Party.” Pugh’s spring bridal collection included a wide range of silhouettes from sleek, long gowns to short, cocktail dresses with careful attention spent on detail and craftsmanship. Other awards presented at the show were for construction and design. The third place winner for construction was Shatorria Whitener, third place winner for design was Ana Leija Yamamoto and second place for construction and second place for design were both awarded to Chasity Taylor.
The Kathleen Watson Award for Best of Show is determined by the garment scored highest by a panel of judges and includes a $1,500 scholarship from the Watson Foundation.
The 2013 student designers featured in the show were Celia Alecozay, Courtney Casares, Nabil Gomez, Ana Sylvia Legarreta, Ashley Pugh, Chasity Taylor, Genevieve Truscott, Shatorria Whitener and Ana Leija Yamamoto.
Jewelry for the models and designers were provided by AnnieGogglyn, owned and operated by UIW alum, Allison Young. Gay Isber of The Sugar Factory, located in Austin, also provided statement jewelry pieces from her runway collection and showroom to accentuate the designer garments.
The Cutting Edge Fiesta® Fashion Show is an official Fiesta® event. Guests at this year’s show included Miss Fiesta San Antonio Victoria Flores and Larry Benson, El Rey Feo LXV. Proceeds from UIW’s Cutting Edge Fiesta® Fashion Show provide scholarships for UIW fashion management students. Since 2006, the fashion show, its sponsors and supporters have awarded more than $45,000 in scholarships to fashion management students.
Photo Cutline: A winning design from Best of Show winner Ashley Pugh.
Contact Margaret Garcia, UIW associate director of public relations at (210) 829-6001.