Tradeshow and Student Design Competition Highlight Outdoor Fashion Trends

Project OR Head Judge Pam Theodosakis gives Studio 5 viewers a sneak peak at the design process, what trends are making a statement at this year’s Outdoor Retailer show, along with a time line for when viewers can expect these trends to hit the market.

Project OR is a 48-hour concept-to-prototype student design competition meant to inspire innovative outdoor concepts. The competition is produced and recorded live at the Outdoor Retailer trade show. Each day new episodes of the competition are posted on the internet for viewers to follow.

Filmed in a reality-competition type format, Project OR begins with an initial Design Brief that challenges the students to create a garment that is original, an innovative use of performance and eco-friendly materials and has a practical application for the outdoor market.

Once initial garment designs are complete, contestants turn their drawings into product using the latest fabrics, zippers and other clothing components provided by participating Outdoor Retailer supplier exhibitors. With sourcing complete, contestants spend the remainder of the 48-hour deadline at their work station (equipped with sewing machines, cutting tables, pressing equipment and tools) building their final prototypes.

You can watch episodes of the competition online and get a sneak peak of the latest outdoor fashions via the Outdoor Retailer Website:

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