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OMore graduate designs custom auction package for nD Festival

Local designer creates custom children’s clothing for annual Belcourt fundraiser

A look created by Laura Lester that was presented during the 14th Annual Eloise Fashion Show by O'More College of Design

This week kicks off The Belcourt Theatre’s third annual nD Festival, a three-day sequence of stylish soirees that highlights local film, music and fashion.

O’More College of Design alumna and designer Laura Lester is creating a custom auction package of children’s clothes for Sunday’s nD Fashion Show & Auction finale. During the culminating live musical performance and runway presentation, patrons will have the chance to bid on exclusive items that represent the best of indie Nashville.

“I am thrilled to contribute to this fundraiser and honored that [O’More Fashion Design Chair] Jamie Atlas asked me to do this,” Lester said. “Every piece of clothing I create is custom per child. I’ve never made two things exactly alike, so I’m excited to work with the winner.”

Lester’s four-piece children's clothing package will include a jumpsuit, shift dress and bell-sleeve shirt with a ruffle skirt or pants. The young designer will create the garments following a post-consultation with Sunday’s winner.

Lester is a 2012 graduate of the design college in Franklin and recently launched a children’s line, Rossy Kate. The brand spun from her “Ruffled Feathers” senior collection presented during O’More’s 14th Annual Eloise Student Fashion Show.

Bidders at the nD Festival can expect Lester’s designs to be similar to the detailed combinations that walked down the Eloise runway this past May: eclectic prints, bold appliques and various textures.

“My style was well represented in the O’More show, and the work I’ve done this fall has been manipulations of that collection,” she said. “I love designing for children because there are no limits to what they can pull off.”

O’More Fashion Design Chair Jamie Atlas said that when she heard of the opportunity to create a customized auction item for the annual fundraiser, she immediately reached out to Lester.

“We want to help our students remain engaged in the community, long after graduation,” Atlas said. “This is a special experience for Laura to gain exposure for the beautiful work she is doing.”

Proceeds from the fundraisers go towards Belcourt’s education and community engagement programs. To learn more about the nD Festival and The Belcourt Theatre, or to buy tickets to the fundraiser, go to

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Posted on: 9/27/2012


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