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Moore College of Art & Design alumna Dom Streater ’10 joined the ranks of the ascending fashion elite when she was named the winner of Project Runway Season 12.
Streater, from West Philadelphia, bested three other designer finalists to take the title following the debut of her “Retro Redux” collection at New York Fashion Week. Streater spoke to students at Moore’s 2013 Leadership Conference for Women in the Arts.
“I’ve never experienced anything close to this feeling before in my life,” Streater said after the win. “It’s a huge deal for me. This will change everything.”
She takes home bragging rights and a prize estimated to be worth more than half a million dollars.
Streater, who graduated from Moore in 2010 with a BFA in Fashion Design, said she was overwhelmed by the support from the Moore community since returning home from filming. She was a judge at Moore’s Jump/Start Fashion Show on October 1, where she was flooded by students who wanted to meet her and get her autograph.
“It’s all about Moore girls sticking together,” she said. “Because it’s an all women’s college, that bond sticks even after graduation.”
Streater said that all the textile classes she took at Moore gave her an edge over the other designers on the show. She was one of the few designers who embraced print and textile design. This helped her in Episode 11, when she won the HP Intel textile design challenge and ultimately, led to her win.
“The fashion program at Moore was great,” she said. “Everything I know how to do is because I went to Moore, in terms of construction and how I think about design. I learned to be very methodical and precise when I’m working. It helped me a lot on the show.”
Before making it big on TV, Streater was busy designing her own clothing and accessories line, Halcyon Collection. She’s currently working on her fall/winter collection for 2014. In the meantime, thanks to the show, the orders are coming in fast and furiously.
“I’ve gotten so many requests for designs and dresses,” she said. “I literally can’t make things fast enough. People want to look like a ‘Dom’ girl.”
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