The Denim Runway project entered phase two of the competition where student's cotton clothing projects were actually judged. Katelyn Karney with Plains Cotton Cooperative Association explained the different avenues students could take with either denim or other cotton material.
"So the students have been working on their projects for two weeks now, and there's three different categories," Karney said. "There's the jean category, then there's a casual category and a trend board category."
The first projects up to be judged were the men's jean category. Students created signature fashion lines presenting one pair of their jeans to the panel of four.
"There are approximately 10 students in the men's jeans and 10 students in the women's jeans," Karney said. "Then the casual category really surprised us this year, there were about 48 students that signed up for the casual category, and that can be anything from a t-shirt to a dress or accessories that are made out of cotton. "
These aren't just your average pair of jeans, though. Students had to explain how the denim could transition from day wear to night and even had to price the jeans to consumers.
"Each student has made one or two projects and there will be a panel of four judges," Karney said. "They will come before the judges with a model, and the model will be wearing the outfit that they have created and they will allow the judges to look at their outfits."
The judges even had the chance to inspect seam work and ask questions regarding production to the jean makers.
"The judges are looking at the fit of the jeans or their casual outfits on the models, and then seeing how the outfit transitions from cotton to high fashion," Karney said.
The Denim Runway project will conclude Saturday, April 26 with a runway fashion show hosted at the Allen Theater in the Texas Tech student union building. Following the runway show the top three winners will be announced from each category, and category top honors will receive a trip to New York City and North Carolina to visit Cotton Incorporated's head quarters.