Nicole Wezowicz, Class of 2016 at Syracuse University, was the winner of the inaugural “Fashion Without Limits” design initiative at the institution.

Last fall, model and entrepreneur Emme, Syracuse Class of 1985, created FWL in response to a need for increased availability of size 12-plus fashion throughout all levels of distribution in the fashion industry today.

The Syracuse contest required students in their junior year to design an evening dress for Emme. After reviewing the finalists’ designs on campus at the April 10 fashion and beauty communications fashion show, presented by the S.I. Newhouse School of Communications, Emme selected Wezowicz as the recipient of the award.  “As our first Syracuse University FWL winner, designer Nicole Wezowicz’s beautiful blue lace evening dress highlighted her attention to detail for a curvy shape as a refreshing take for a red carpet-ready dress, despite never having created a dress for a woman above a size 12 before,” Emme said.

Wezowicz will receive $500 and Emme will wear her winning design at a red carpet event.

The intention of the initiative is to educate and teach new designers how to drape on a large-size body. Wolf Form donated 12 forms in Emme’s measurements.

In addition to appearing in the campus fashion show, Wezowicz’s dress was on display at the College of Visual and Performing Arts fashion show in New York City last month.

“The journey all of us have all taken with Fashion Without Limits this year opened our eyes to the tremendous opportunity to have Syracuse University Fashion Design as a leader in the inclusive fashion movement underfoot today,” Emme said. “The road before us to change the face of fashion within fashion design schools is no easy feat, but through the leadership of professors Jeffrey Mayer and Todd Conover, there are plans to expand the curriculum.”

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