The Art Institute of Austin: Astra Fashion Show

Astra is a fashion show solely produced by senior fashion students from The Art Institute of Austin. Partnering with Austin Pets Alive ( and a raffle featuring valuables from Kendra Scott, Neiman Marcus, and Julian Gold, the revenue from ticket sales will be donated to the organization.

Eleven weeks in the making, students experimented with techniques such as chunky knits, leather work, sculptural design and exaggerated proportions. Producing an ambitious thirty looks to be sent down the runway, students were split up into two designing groups representing WORTH and Uptown Cheapskate.

Although the overall color palates ranged from neutral ensembles of white, grey, black, with pops of red and blue, the designers experimented mostly within the role of texture. Boldly trying their hands in developing custom abstract prints and color blocking, they also included the use of furs, metallics and layered fringe to push the limits not only of themselves, but within the lines of art and fashion.  

The Astra Fashion Show provided a glimpse into the future while displaying this season's latest trends! With lighting dimmed and carefully placed neon spotlights highlighting the stage, the designers worked together to create a visually distinctive show. The shadows created by the mix of lighting bouncing of the spray painted foliage not only magnified the layers of texture on the garments but also reflected the exuberant hair styles on surrounding walls. The result was an edgy play of light versus dark, texture and fashion forward design. 

Check out the designer's looks first hand!

For more information: The Art Institute of Austin  

Partner: Austin Pets Alive (portion of all revenue from ticket sales were donated to the organization). 

Boutiques: Uptown Cheapskate , WORTH New York