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Everything you need to know about the FTD Emerging Designers Showcase

Collections developed by 26 graduating fashion and textile design (FTD) students at NC State’s Wilson College of Textiles will make their debut this April during the FTD Emerging Designers Showcase

Seniors spend an entire semester developing collections specific to their concentration during their capstone course. Fashion design students will send six looks down the runway in a show complete with stage lighting, a live stream and professional photography. 

People mingle around a series of textile design displays in the mezzanine of Talley Student Union.
The textile design showcase is free to the public.

Textile design students will showcase their collections, ranging from textile samples to fiber art installations, in custom display booths. This year, nine textile design seniors will also send a few apparel looks down the runway as extension of the collections showcased in their booths.

When is it? 

The textile design exhibit debuts Thursday, April 27 and will remain open to the public until April 29 during Talley Student Union’s normal hours (7 a.m. to midnight). On Saturday, April 29, you’ll have the opportunity to talk to the designers behind the collections at their booths. That meet-and-greet event will run from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

The fashion show is April 29 at 6 p.m. Doors to the ballroom open at 5:30 p.m. 

How much are tickets and where can I get them?

Admission to the textile design exhibit and meet-and-greet event is free. Runway show ticket prices are as follows:

  • General admission: $25
  • Students over 12 years old: $15 (Student ID required for entry)
  • NC State staff and faculty: $20
  • Children (12 years old and younger): $12 

Use our event page to purchase a ticket. Tickets won’t be available via will call. 

Tickets will be validated digitally, so please bring a smartphone or tablet with you to the show. 

Are there discounts? 

If you buy tickets before April 8, you will receive a $5 early bird discount for adult tickets and a $2 discount for children’s tickets. Discounts are mutually exclusive, so you can’t get $15 off your ticket if you’re a student who pays early. 

Early bird tickets will guarantee seats closer to the stage than tickets purchased after the early bird date.

Attendees holding a student ticket will need to present a valid student ID to enter the runway presentation. 

What’s the refund policy?

Tickets are nonrefundable.

Can I update my registration information?


Is my registration fee or ticket transferrable?

Unused tickets are transferable.

Is it ok if the name on my ticket or registration doesn’t match the person who attends?

It is ok if the name on the ticket doesn’t match the attendee’s name, but a student ID must be shown to enter with a student ticket regardless of the name on the ticket.

Where is it and where do I park? 

Both the fashion show and the textile design exhibit will be held at NC State’s Talley Student Union

The fashion show will take place in the Mountains Ballroom. The textile design exhibit will be set up in the North and South Lounges on the third floor. You can find both using this map of Talley. 

Multiple visitor parking lots and spaces are available within a short walk of Talley.  

Where can I sit? 

Seating for the fashion show is organized by section and ushers will be available on site to direct you to your section based on your ticket. Early bird tickets will guarantee seats closer to the stage than tickets purchased after the early bird date. Some sections are reserved for media and college leadership; reserved seats will be indicated with signs.

What can I bring into the event?

Please do not bring food and drinks into the exhibit for the safety of the exhibit items.

Will the event be live streamed?

The runway show will be streamed live here and available to play back afterwards. There will not be any live-streamed coverage of the textile design booths,so be sure you visit them between the 27th and the 29th!

Are these designs for sale?

The decision of whether or not to sell apparel and textile designs is specific to each designer. Sales are not overseen or processed through the university in any way. 

To contact a designer about a piece you saw during the showcase or about commission opportunities, please use the contact information provided on their portfolio site. You can access these portfolio sites by clicking on that designer’s headshot on the 2023 designers page

What if I have other questions?

Please reach out to the Wilson College’s Department of Textile and Apparel, Technology and Management by calling 919-515-6632. If you have press inquiries, please email