CAU Fashion Student Selected as Honoree for 2018 NBAF Fine Art + Fashion Fashion Forward Student Design Competition


CAU fashion student Latasha Hughes, a senior from Chicago, was selected as one of three honorees for the 2018 NBAF (National Black Arts Festival) Fine Art + FashionFashion Forward Student Design Competition. Participating schools were: Clark Atlanta University (CAU), Georgia Southern University, Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) and Brenau University.  Awards include a cash prize of $2,500 for each student winner; a commemorative certificate of award; and the opportunity to display winning designs for seven to 10 days in the Neiman Marcus windows at Phipps Plaza.  Ms. Hughes will receive special recognition at the Fine Art + Fashion event on Thursday, March 15.  NBAF also has invited Hughes and the two other winners to speak for their in-school programs.

CAU Professor Christopher Hickey, interim chair of the Department of Art and Fashion says, “We are very proud of Ms. Hughes. These students go head to head with SCAD, a professional art school, and it really speaks well of Latasha and our program that we can compete and win in that environment.”

Fashion Forward: A Competition for Emerging Fashion Design Students (formerly The NBAF Emerging Talent Awards program) was established in 2010 as a part of the organization’s mission to engage, cultivate and educate diverse audiences about the art and culture of the African Diaspora, and to provide opportunities for artistic and creative expression. The award recognizes individuals of African descent who have distinguished themselves as cutting edge, creative, innovative and provides tangible recognition to emerging fashion designers.  Individuals selected to receive these awards have excelled academically, mastered their particular fields of study, and are recognized as dynamic emerging talent who possess leadership qualities in their personal life and professional aspirations. A distinguished panel of judges selected the honorees.