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Partnership Projects

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GiGi’s Playhouse Down Syndrome Achievement Center


Photo of a young boy jumping and modeling wearing a red outfit.Perhaps one of the most impactful projects our program has been tasked with was our partnership with GiGi’s Playhouse-Nashville, an achievement center for those with Down syndrome. Eleven of O’More’s Junior design students were paired with a child with Down syndrome from ages 6-10 in the Spring of 2017. By developing a relationship with the child first, the O’More students began to better understand their individual likes and needs. At the culmination of the semester, each child showcased a custom outfit at the annual O’More Fashion Show.

Click here to view a recap of the project.

Based on the success of the project in 2017, O’More will be partnering with our friends again at GiGi’s Playhouse. Select Sophomore and Junior design students will be paired with an adult and they will design a custom outfit based on their needs and Spring 2020 forecast trends. Our new friends will grace the runway with their new garments designed by our talented students.

Photo: Jami-Lyn Fehr

Gigi's Playhouse Website

Olah, Inc.


Photo of a student working with denim, using a sewing machine.Olah Inc.’s history is built on expertise, evolution and innovation. The company debuted in 1959 and during its tenure the firm has worked with textile and apparel manufacturers throughout the world. Change drives the apparel and textile industry forward and shapes Olah Inc.’s outlook.

O’More and Olah, Inc. challenged nine select design students comprised of Sophomores and Juniors to take a risk and produce innovative designs with cotton denim fabric provided by Prosperity Textile. Our students quickly understand that, in order to make a real impact, it is not enough to just make pretty outfits. Well-constructed, well-made and beautiful design begins with extensive research and solidifying a target market where a need is not being met.

Students took inspiration from the Fall/Winter 2019-20 trend Altitude with a focus on extreme sports. Designs were revealed at Denim Days-Nashville in November, and will be showcased on the runway at the Inaugural Fashion Show on April 23.

Photo: Sam Simpkins

Olah Inc.'s Website