"Texas Chic" Inspires a Fashion Revolution
by Amelia GrayFrom giddy-up Houston wranglers to slicked-back Austin hipsters, ?Texas Chic? is as diverse as the Lone Star State itself.
The idea of Texas fashion may conjure up horse corrals and rodeos, but fashion design schools in the state inspire students to invent styles that pay homage to small towns and city living at once.
Stephen MacMillan Moser has a bone to pick with bare legs in Austin. The author of The Austin Chronicle?s popular ?After a Fashion? column bemoans bony knees in style-conscious Austin. ?Fortunately for the hosiery business,? he quips, ?bare legs are disappearing as quickly as the leaves on the trees.?
Beyond leg décor, Austin fashion design schools feature a fresh take on Southwestern style. The Music Capital of the World mixes the hard-rock style of tight tees and tighter jeans with cowboy hats, stitched boots and belt buckles that glam up any pair of Levis. Students of fashion design need only look as far as the concerts at Emo?s or Stubb?s to see trendsetters and hot styles.
Houston?s Style Stars
In a city that turns out Western Wear right next to Prada bags, fashion queen Chloe Dao reigns supreme. The winner of Season 2 of the hit fashion reality show Project Runway designs exclusive fashions for Lot 8 Boutique in the heart of Houston?s fashion district. Dao, who attended school at a local design program in Houston, named her boutique after the eight girls in her large Vietnamese family.
Michael Kors, one of Project Runway?s celebrity judges, has plans to open his own boutique in Houston. With world-famous designers making Houston their home, fashion?s elite are paying close attention to this Texas metropolis.
Students in Houston?s many fashion design schools have the benefit of high-fashion window shopping at The Galleria, home to exclusive design houses and boutiques like Grazia, De Gala, Brass Boot, and Velleriano Italy. Students and shoppers alike can experience the glamour of Italy?s exclusive designers within The Galleria, the largest mall in Texas and the fifth-largest in the U.S.
From a bustling metropolis to the capital of cool, Texas has room for every design theory. Students choose from a wide range of inspiration when envisioning the hip and classic styles that draw shoppers across the world.
About the Author
Amelia Gray is a teacher and freelance writer in San Marcos, TX. Amelia earned a Bachelor?s Degree in English Literature from Arizona State University.
"After a Fashion? by Stephen MacMillan Moser for The Austin Chronicle
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