Robert Richard can practically wear his resume to a future job interview.
The student designed a job interview suit that earned him second place and a $4,000 scholarship at the national Design Your Future competition presented by the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU) and Gap Inc. Richard was one of five finalists who competed Sept. 19 during HACU's 24th annual conference at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront.
He describes the suit as a "modern interpretation of a classic menswear staple -- the American-style two-button suit." With peak lapels and a metallic sheen, the gray suit follows modern trends while staying grounded in classic roots, he says.
Richard not only had to design the suit, he had to model it on the runway -- in his first-ever modeling experience.
"This contest is an interesting one because it follows everything from sketch to design to modeling," says Richard, a double major in fashion design in the College of Visual Arts and Design and fashion merchandising in the School of Merchandising and Hospitality Management. "The fashion program at UNT is really extensive and makes sure that you are responsible for everything from the sketch to the creation. It definitely prepared me."
Richard's suit was modeled in Fashion at the Fountains, a fashion show organized by the student organization MODA (Members of Designing Arts), on Oct. 22 at the Library Mall.
Richard, from Concan, Texas, is the second UNT student in two years to earn a top prize in the HACU competition. Last year, UNT student Neil Marek took first prize for designing a suit with a military-inspired jacket and V-neck sweater.
Sarah Bahari with the UNT News Service can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.