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LUBBOCKONLINE.COM - Tech apparel designers go denim
Cotton and Denim Runway Design Contest held Tuesday, Feb. 18 at Littlefield denim mill.
Posted: February 18, 2014 - 6:53pm
Updated: February 19, 2014 - 12:25am
By JOSIE MUSICO
Boot-cut jeans. Baggy jeans. Skinny-cut jeans with sparkly designs on the pockets, just screaming to go for a motorcycle ride.
If they’re made from denim and wearable, they have a place in the Cotton and Denim Runway Design Contest.
The competition was held Tuesday, Feb. 18, at the American Cotton Growers denim mill in Littlefield.
Texas Tech’s apparel design and manufacturing students competed in one of four categories: women’s jeans, men’s jeans, casual wear and cotton trends.
“It all circles back to denim,” said Katelyn Karney, communications manager for Plains Cotton Cooperative Association, the program’s sponsor each of the past five years.
Tech junior Elaine Morton returned to the contest after a pair of women’s jeans she created placed first in that category last year. Inspired by the biker look, the pants were a dark-wash, skinny fit with one back pocket studded and the other adorned with leather.
“I was really into motorcycles and biker wear,” she said.
Morton and classmate Taylor Dawson, also a junior, said they were still deciding the type of project to design this year. Dawson, though, said she was leaning toward some type of boot-cut jeans.
While entries in the men’s and women’s jeans categories can include various styles, the two other categories contain even more options.
The casual-wear category is open to pretty much any piece of clothing that doesn’t fit in the men’s jeans or women’s jeans divisions.
One casual-wear competitor was Tech junior Emily Charlton.
“I’m just going to do a dress for women,” she said.
In the cotton trends category, competitors are encouraged to seek the latest fads and let them inspire their designs. Other than that, options are fairly open.
“They identify upcoming trends — they can be creative,” John Johnson, director of public relations and legislative affairs for the cotton cooperative, said.
The apparel students’ visit to the mill also contained tours of its production areas.
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