March 12, 2013
Lindsay Viola-Vu also got to walk the red carpet at the Cotton University’s first 24 Hour Runway Show.
While most Texas Tech University students are just now enjoying their Spring Break, Lindsay Viola-Vu already has spent time in South Beach Miami – walking the red carpet with Giuliana and Bill Rancic, Lauren Conrad and Camilla Belle.
Viola-Vu, a Texas Tech Apparel Design and Manufacturing (ADM) student, was one of 10 students from across the country chosen to show off her winning design at Cotton University’s first annual 24 Hour Runway Show. She entered the contest in November by submitting a design she created for Texas Tech’s Denim Runway Project.
“One of my professors encouraged me to enter my denim design and I really didn’t think anything of it,” Viola-Vu said. “Then I got a call in January saying I was one of the 10 students picked for an all-expenses paid trip to Miami where my design would be modeled at a 24-hour runway show.”
The event also featured 74 big-name fashion brands and designers, such as Guess, Lilly Pulitzer and Tommy Hilfiger, who also were part of the runway show. Viola-Vu said she was invited to the VIP tent where she had the chance to meet with these designers and other celebrities.
“It was a very humbling feeling getting the chance to be in this environment as student designers and see this side of our future world,” Viola-Vu said. “Ultimately, it lined me up with a lot of great contacts for my future career and is something I will always remember.”
Viola-Vu said since professors in Texas Tech’s ADM program have very experienced backgrounds and graduated from bigger fashion schools, they prepare students for future careers in a more one-on-one setting and support them in any way they can.
Viola-Vu's dress was modeled on the catwalk.
“I’ve been promoting Texas Tech a lot because everyone at my internship in New York thinks it is strange how I am a fashion student coming from a college in West Texas,” Viola-Vu said. “I got accepted into the bigger fashion schools, but after visiting Texas Tech, I fell in love with the studio and the fact we get a more hands-on experience.”
Viola-Vu currently is taking the spring semester off to intern in New York for a designer named Yigal Azrouël. She works under the director of product development and production, who oversees all of Azrouël’s production and design.
This opportunity arose from a program through Marist College called Marist in Manhattan, which Viola-Vu applied for after seeing the flier posted on a bulletin board. Viola-Vu said she couldn’t pass up the opportunity to build her resume and experience.
“My advice for any Texas Tech ADM student would be to take advantage of any contest that is offered because a lot of colleges don’t offer experiences like that and it really builds your resume and skill level for the future,” Viola-Vu said. “I wouldn’t be where I am now with my internship in New York and a job offer lined up after I finish my senior year if it wasn’t for my professors and what the college has to offer.”
The Apparel Design & Manufacturing Program in the Department of Design at Texas Tech University provides the key to entering the glamorous world of fashion. Students learn to create and produce their own designs, research, and apply the latest trends, manage product development, apparel design, or design and construct costumes or stage. A variety opportunities and jobs are possible with a degree in Apparel Design and Manufacturing.