A winning design by Christiana Lazarine, Best of Show winner, for her “Northern Exposure” collection.

The San Antonio community enjoyed the latest fashions created and presented by UIW fashion design students at the 2012 Cutting Edge Fiesta® Fashion Show held April 23 at the Marriott Rivercenter Hotel. The show is the most high-profile final exam in the city for students taking UIW’s Fashion Show Production and Senior Collection classes.

The fashions showcased were created and constructed by seniors in UIW’s Fashion Design program who worked on their collections for more than a year.  The 2012 student designers included Paige Digiovanni, Heather Fitzgerald, Veronica Hernandez, Christiana Lazarine, Ricki Martin, Adriana Mendez, Sara Stevens and Adelle Stivalet.

Students’ final designs were judged by industry professionals and put on public display in a high-energy New York style runway show produced by students in the university’s Fashion Show Production class.

Lazarine won Best of Show, Best Design and Best Construction for her “Northern Exposure” collection. Judges determined Lazarine’s collection of faux fur and wool outerwear reflected the qualities of winter’s first snow with neutral tones and clean lines that were simple, classic and tailored.

Proceeds from UIW’s Cutting Edge Fiesta® Fashion Show provide scholarships for UIW fashion management students.  Since 2006, the fashion show, its sponsors and supporters have awarded more than $40,000 in scholarships to fashion management students.