URI Spring Splash fashion show a ‘Radioactive Dream’ come true

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Michaela Bytnar
Student designer Michaela Bytnar models her collection, “Pieces of the Past.” URI Photo by Michael Salerno

KINGSTON, R.I. — April 29, 2019 — The University of Rhode Island’s 16th Annual Spring Splash Fashion Show wowed the audience and rewarded students for their creativity and excellence.

Ten students in URI’s Department of Textiles, Fashion Merchandising and Design presented their designs during the recent “Radioactive Dreams” fashion show at the Wyndham Newport Hotel in Middletown.

Each year scholarships are awarded to the student designers for their outstanding work. This year’s award recipients are: Killian Maloney of Colchester, Connecticut, Most Creative and Audience Favorite; Toni Julianelle of East Haven, Connecticut, Best Sewn Quality and Best Garment; Meg Goulart of Mattapoisett, Massachusettes, Most Marketable; Christie Swanson of Middletown, New Jersey, Judges Choice.

“This year’s Spring Splash Fashion Show was the department’s best one yet. The atmosphere and location of the show made for a fantastic event. Being able to see the designs of my peers as well as my own enjoyed by an enthusiastic audience made it feel as though the stars aligned,” said Killian Maloney, senior in the department and coordinator of this year’s event.

Alexa Stewart, intern in the Marketing and Communications Department at URI and Public Relations and Communication Studies major, wrote this press release.