Two days later on Nov 13, Artis has returned to campus to announce the winners.
Artis appears in stylish professional wear appropriate to the occasion and stands in front of the seven designers. She greets each by name, looks them in the eye, shakes their hands and thanks them for all their hard work.
At this point, numbers identify the designs on the presentation wall. Only Jacob knows the true identities of who created which designs. He hands Artis three envelopes. It turns out that the competition sponsor felt very strongly about more than two of the designs. She chose to add to the scholarship and give an honorable mention with an award of $500 to another student.
Artis takes a deep breath and announces that she has chosen the designers identified by the numbers two, three, and five.
Everyone’s expressions change. Variously, they appear impassive, surprised, shocked, or big-grin happy.
As Artis opens the envelopes, she discovers that Hannah Waldron wins the honorable mention and that second place goes to Ashleigh Wells. Thomy Owens is the first place winner.
After congratulations and explanations, Artis stays to offer feedback to the other four designers and discuss the logistics associated with designing and custom fitting the winning gowns.
The three winning designers will next be provided with fabric and funds for other supplies necessary to take their designs from drawings to finished garments.
A special dress form that is based on Artis’ measurements has been special-ordered and funded by her. The students plan to use this to make patterns for the gowns and then each will produce the finished garment. Artis will return for fittings in the spring semester and then will model all three gowns in the Spring Fashion Show on March 29, 2014, at 8:00 p.m. in Bondurant Auditorium.
Artis is also planning to wear the gowns to a few spring black tie events both at RU and Virginia Tech. Then she will return them to the Department of Interior Design and Fashion, where they will become part of the department’s permanent collection.
During the physical creation process, we will introduce you to the winning designers, Thomy Owens, Ashleigh Wells, and Hannah Waldron and apprise you of their progress toward completing the gowns.
As for the Artis Junior Fashion Design Competition Scholarship, there is a future. Artis has already begun to motivate the sophomores, next year’s juniors about the 2014-15 competition. Though undecided about the theme, Artis hints that it could be career wear, resort wear, or perhaps simply a coat design.