Unique fashion show features Philadelphia University student creations

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Students from a fashion design, problem-solving class showcased their avantgarde fashions by exploring the limits of their creativity. (WPVI)

Au revoir to Paris, Ciao Milan and New York, well, you are so 2015.

"I think there's a lot of great things happening in Philadelphia," said Carly Kusy, professor at Philadelphia University.

And the happening on Thursday was the Design X runway at Philadelphia University in East Falls.

Students from a fashion design, problem-solving class showcased their avantgarde fashions by exploring the limits of their creativity - fabric and beading replaced with things like straws and plastic utensils.

"It's just all about experimenting with different kinds of materials to kind of crack them out of using fabric all the time," said Jay McCarroll, professor.

Although there was an abundance of color and array of materials one wouldn't necessarily associate with wearing (insert Lady Gaga and the infamous meat dress), there was a common theme that interjected a bit of tradition executed in a very unorthodox way.

"For this project in particular the students were challenged by David Tutera's 'Wedding Experience' to create modern bridal looks," said Kusy.

Wedding dresses that will be featured in front of nearly 2,000 people at this weekend's bridal show at the Philadelphia Convention Center.

"It's a little difficult because you're using glue instead of sewing things and you're manipulating materials in a way that you are not used to," said Amie Dews, junior.

Bringing their couture creativity to life wasn't the only challenge for these designers - all the materials they used to make these dresses had to be purchased for under $20.

But judging from the talent seen on the Design X runway, the imagination and innovation from these students has a much higher price tag.
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