Columbia Fashion Show Incorporates A Technical Twist

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COLUMBIA - Fashion students from Stephen's College hosted the school's 70th annual fashion show Saturday.

"It's all student run," senior fashion designer Holly Hmielewski said. "All of the students put on the show and put together the designs that we've been creating throughout the year. Everything went through a jury process so the best of the best garments were chosen."

But this year there was a technical twist with an app called "Runway Radar." Software-development engineer students from the University of Missouri created an app that would allow the audience to give input as the show went on.

"As the runway models come down the runway there will be a picture of their outfit. It will give information about the designer, the fabric, the inspiration. It will allow users to 'thumb up' or 'thumbs down.' It they 'thumb up' it will save the information which they can go back to and follow up on twitter or Facebook," said engineer Ben Cohen.

The app also allows those who like the clothes to interact with the designers. Saturday was the first time the app was publicly demonstrated.