Arkansas Fashion School opens curtains for show

A prominent runway fashion show was returned to Little Rock, after a notable absence due to covid-19. Themed “State of the Art Fashion,”The Arkansas Fashion School’s Emerging Designers Fashion Show was a spectacular showcase of the creations of six of its graduates.

The long, wide porch of the west-central Little Rock school was transformed in to a double runway, where models flaunted their designs.

The crowd enjoyed hors-d’oeuvres by Three Fold Co., and sipped libations before the program and show. Jamileh Kamran, the school’s founder, outlined the school’s vision. State Sen. Joyce Elliott, Little Rock, gave the keynote speech. Hollar delivered the valedictorian speech. Before diplomas were conferred, Kamran and Amanda Morley, both of the school, conferred diplomas.

The show was then on, a visual feast featuring women’s, mens, and children’s formal wear; sartorial dramas in satin; bold and dramatic ruffles; and blue-and white stripe. This was represented by a regal slacks overskirt and full rockabilly-style knee-length skirt with pletticoat; wear to work pieces, and a glimpse at wedding attire. The show was steered by Patricia Y. McCullough –Oliver, a former Arkansas resident and founder and Perfection Imaging Inc.

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Class Rings

The evening concluded with a designer meet and greet.

Kamran, a longtime fashion designer who made a name for herself dressing prominents such as former secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, founded the school in 2007 in order to mentor and train future fashion designers and help them to create jobs.

KORTO SHOWS AGAIN

Korto Momolu (a Liberian-born local designer who made a name on the reality competition) “Project Runway,”Her fall-winter collection will be presented “The Freedom Collection,”at 4 p.m. November 13 at 1201 Center St., Little Rock

Doors open at 3:00 p.m. The show — “a fashion experience infusing art and music to create a vivid cultural experience”– will feature a VIP reception, followed by a pop up shop. The event will also be commemorated “Korto Momolu Day,”An honor she received in 2008 from Little Rock.

Tickets for VIP front row are $50 Visit eventbrite.com.

SCHOLARSHIP TIME

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“Scholarship season is in full swing!”According to the announcement of the 2022 scholarship competition for Thea Foundation, a North Little Rock-based foundation dedicated to advocating the importance arts in the development Arkansas’ youth. “We are more than doubling our scholarship offers this year.”A $10,000 scholarship will be awarded to the first-place winners of Fashion Design and four other categories (Performing Arts Visual Arts, Creative Writing, Film, and Creative Writing).

Each category has a different deadline. The fashion design competition is open until noon February 11. High school seniors can apply for as many scholarship contests as they want, but may only win a single one.

For information on the organization’s scholarship competition, visit theafoundation.org/scholarships.

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State Sen. Joyce Elliott delivers the graduation speech.
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State Senator Joyce Elliott delivers graduation speech.
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A little girl’s ballgown is among the collection of graduating designer Reymon Linares.
(Arkansas Democrat-Gazette/Helaine R. Williams)

A little girl’s ballgown is among the collection of graduating designer Reymon Linares.
(Arkansas Democrat-Gazette/Helaine R. Williams)

A chic dress and long coat displays  the  talents  of  graduate Charli Sotomora. 
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Charli Sotomora, a graduate, has created a chic and elegant coat and dress.
(Arkansas Democrat-Gazette/Helaine R. Williams)

A white dress  with  pink  ruffle  accent is among graduating designer Beth Hollar’s creations. 
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A white dress with pink ruffle accent is among graduating designer Beth Hollar’s creations.
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Graduating designer  Brennon Taylor 
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Graduating designer Brennon Taylor
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Graduating designer Emma Ferren’s  ensemble  features  a full circular blue-and white skirt and white bustier. 
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Graduating designer Emma Ferren’s ensemble features a full circular blue-and white skirt and white bustier.
(Arkansas Democrat-Gazette/Helaine R. Williams)

Graduating designer Elise Gibson’s green tuxedo pantsuit highlights the runway. 
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Graduating designer Elise Gibson’s green tuxedo pantsuit highlights the runway.
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Graduating designer Emma Ferren 
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Graduating designer Emma Ferren
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A young model shows a suit by graduating designer Emma Ferren. 
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Emma Ferren, a graduating designer, shows a young model wearing a suit.
(Arkansas Democrat-Gazette/Helaine R. Williams)

A black satin dress by graduating designer Elise Gibson takes the catwalk. 
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Elise Gibson, a graduate designer, shows off a black satin dress on the catwalk.
(Arkansas Democrat-Gazette/Helaine R. Williams)

Graduating designer Brennon Taylor’s burgundy and black ensemble 
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Graduating designer Brennon Taylor’s burgundy and black ensemble
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A striped overskirt marks this evening outfit by graduating designer Beth Hollar. 
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The evening ensemble is by Beth Hollar, a graduate designer. It features a striped skirt.
(Arkansas Democrat-Gazette/Helaine R. Williams)

Graduating designer Charli Sotomora created this dolman-sleeved blouse and patterned pants. 
(Arkansas  Democrat-Gazette/Helaine R. Williams)

Charli Sotomora, a graduate designer, created this blouse with a dolman-sleeved and patterned pant.
(Arkansas Democrat-Gazette/Helaine R. Williams)

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