IADT Renaissance Duo to Premiere New Collection at Mix N Mash

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Cedric Davis and Nick Rogers deliver fashion designs influenced by DJ Dummy.

IADT - Tampa student, Cedric Davis, preparing the collection for MixNMash.

Nick and Cedric have spent countless nights working on their designs and have exceeded our expectations. I think seeing their designs grace the runway in Miami will be a huge pay off not only for them but also for the fashion faculty who have supported them every step of the way.

Cedric Davis and Nick Rogers, current students at International Academy of Design and Technology (IADT) - Tampa, hope to score a hit when models take to the runway wearing their fashions at Mix N Mash. Both were collegiate athletes who decided to dramatically change course and follow their artistic passion. Davis and Rogers have teamed up to produce some new designs and have been paired with Brooklyn-born DJ Dummy. His innovative music (a mix of Hip-Hop, Rap and R&B) will provide the backdrop for the clothes created for nightlife or eccentric day wear. Mix N Mash is a battle of music and fashion featuring designers from top Florida-based art and design schools competing against each other in a runway show while simultaneously a DJ battle takes place at the Paris Theater, in Miami, on October 13th at 9pm.

Davis and Rogers are no rookies when it comes to competition. Davis played Division I football at Kent State University and Rogers was on a baseball scholarship at Radford University (in Virginia). They met as students at IADT - Tampa where both are now in the fashion design program.

The selection process began as an open call to the 330 fashion design students at IADT. 25 applied and then submitted preliminary sketches. The full-time faculty of the Fashion Design Department narrowed it down by taking into consideration skill, how far they were into the program and GPA. The team has gotten to meet with DJ Dummy and his wife twice in preparation for the show. DJ Dummy has been on the turntables for more than half of his life; spinning since 1984 and djing professionally for the past 16 years. During the first collaboration DJ Dummy asked for something that no one has ever seen before. He didn’t want traditional hip-hop style because he spins a variety of music. He wanted the clothes to fit a variety of people.

“Red Bull brought unique resources to the table with their relationships in fashion and music to create this great opportunity,” said Ashley Scollo, Department Manager Fashion Design, IADT - Tampa. “Nick and Cedric have spent countless nights working on their designs and have exceeded our expectations. I think seeing their designs grace the runway in Miami will be a huge pay off not only for them but also for the fashion faculty who have supported them every step of the way.”

IADT digital movie production student Jason Ellis has been filming Davis and Rogers through the entire process. The documentary will be debuted Tuesday, October 9th at 5pm at the Academy. Media is invited to attend the show and meet the students.

About the International Academy of Design & Technology (IADT)

The International Academy of Design & Technology, founded in the 1970s with a single location, is a vibrant and growing college committed to providing a design education that delivers today's technology into the classroom, and tomorrow's creative professionals into the workforce. Today, IADT has 11 locations and continues to grow. IADT is accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools to award associate, bachelor's, and master's degrees. The Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools is listed as a nationally recognized accrediting agency by the United States Department of Education and is also recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation. For more information please see http://www.academy.edu .

About Mix N Mash
On October 13th at 9pm, music and fashion collide at Mix N Mash-- the official FUNKSHION: Fashion Week Miami Beach Fashion Show and after party fueled by Red Bull Energy Drink. Hosted at Paris Theater, Mix N Mash is a battle of music and fashion featuring five designers from top Florida-based art and design schools competing against each other in a runway show while simultaneously a DJ battle ensues between Little Louie Vega with Anane, Dj Dummy, Dj Irie and Dj Tabu. Featured designers come from International Academy of Design and Technology (Tampa), International Academy of Design and Technology (Orlando), Art Institute of Ft. Lauderdale, and Ai Miami Intl University of Art & Design. Red Bull Formula One Race car driver Vitantonio Liuzzi will open the show, adding a little more “mix” to the “mash.”    

About FUNKSHION
FUNKSHION: Fashion Week Miami Beach is a four-day event (October 10th to the 13th) that provides
an intelligent, innovative platform for progressive, established, and emerging designers to showcase their collections to media, celebrities, international buyers, and select style makers. FUNKSHION: Fashion Week Miami Beach will celebrate the energy and substance of style across classes and cultures. The shows are geared towards designer diffusion collections and innovative lifestyle brands. Designers will integrate music into their shows, many personally selecting their favorite celebrity DJs to preside over their runway spectacles FUNKSHION: Fashion Week Miami Beach has harnessed the curiosity and support of established and emerging talent from the international fashion and lifestyle arenas. For more information please see http://www.funkshion.com .

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