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The best looks from UT Senior Fashion Show "Spectrum" merge creativity with style

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Spectrum UT Senior Fashion Show 2014

Every year, the University of Texas University Fashion Group puts together one of the largest and most highly anticipated runway events in Austin. The 2014 Senior Fashion Show features the designs of graduating seniors from the school's fashion design program.

The theme for this year's show was "Spectrum," an all-encompassing word that captures the way this year's students were able to create a variety of looks that came together in a fluid — yet powerful — way. With each show the designs become more creative and innovative, and this year was a testament to the growing expectations placed on young creatives in the fashion world.

With designs ranging from a modern female luchador ensemble to a full-on Dia de los Muertos-inspired bridal grown, this year's seniors did not disappoint the eager crowd at the Frank Erwin Center on Thursday night.

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The UT senior fashion show "Spectrum" featured over 120 designs.

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Spectrum UT Senior Fashion Show 2014 Molly Empey

Molly Empey's Active Sportswear design.

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Spectrum UT Senior Fashion Show 2014

A luchador-inspired outfit in the Active Sportswear category.

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Spectrum UT Senior Fashion Show 2014

An interesting new take on football gear in the Active Sportswear category.

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Spectrum UT Senior Fashion Show 2014

A female fly fishing design in the Active Sportswear category.

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Spectrum UT Senior Fashion Show 2014 Lexus of Austin Challenge Winner

Junior designers participated in the Lexus of Austin Design Challenge, in which audience members texted in their favorite design and chose the winner.

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Spectrum UT Senior Fashion Show 2014

Plaids and pinks made their way into the three-piece collections.

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Spectrum UT Senior Fashion Show 2014 Tilde Snyder

Tilde Snyder's collection featured pastel colors and funky prints, like this cake-print backpack.

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Spectrum UT Senior Fashion Show 2014 Jessica Saathoff

Jessica Saathoff's collection was inspired by the '70s music scene.

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Spectrum UT Senior Fashion Show 2014 Ellese Castillo

Ellese Castillo's collection featured mint-colored concealed carry women's wear.

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Spectrum UT Senior Fashion Show 2014 Anne Elizabeth Lawrence

Anne Elizabeth Lawrence showed colorful floor length gowns in her collection.

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Spectrum UT Senior Fashion Show 2014

A few looks from "Spectrum."

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Spectrum UT Senior Fashion Show 2014

Well-tailored men's looks also made their way into some designer's collections.

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Spectrum UT Senior Fashion Show 2014 Wendy Ji

Wendy Ji was inspired by organic lines and natural phenomena in the creation of her collection.

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Spectrum UT Senior Fashion Show 2014 Michelle Nokeo Twite

Michelle Nokeo Twite's collection was full of versatile yet sophisticated looks that won her Honorable Mention for Most Marketable Collection.

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Spectrum UT Senior Fashion Show 2014

This gold backless dress wowed the crowd.

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Spectrum UT Senior Fashion Show 2014 Lizzie Stratton

Lizzie Stratton won Honorable Mention in the Best Evening Gown category for her sheer skirted dress paired with a long faux fur burgundy and black coat.

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Spectrum UT Senior Fashion Show 2014

The evening gown category was not limited to floor length ball gowns, as this sparkly mini dress proves.

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Spectrum UT Senior Fashion Show 2014 Kelsey Chatman

Kelsey Chatman looked to couture designers like Alexander McQueen for inspiration.

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Spectrum UT Senior Fashion Show 2014 Fei Xie

Fei Xie showed off her taste for simple elegance with this evening gown.

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Spectrum UT Senior Fashion Show 2014 Ellese Castillo

Ellese Castillo's red evening gown won an Honorable Mention award in the evening gown category.

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Spectrum UT Senior Fashion Show 2014 Mercedes Contreras

Mercedes Contreras looked to her Mexican-American roots to create this Dia de los Muertos inspired bridal gown.

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Spectrum UT Senior Fashion Show 2014 Anh Nguyen

Anh Nguyen won best bridal gown for his elegant design.

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Spectrum UT Senior Fashion Show 2014

Anne Lawrence walks the runway with her model as the show closes.

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Spectrum UT Senior Fashion Show 2014 Tilde Snyder

Tilde Snyder dances alongside the model wearing her evening wear design on the runway.

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Spectrum UT Senior Fashion Show 2014 Ronit Joselevitz

As one of the winners of Most Marketable Collection, Ronit Joselevitz proudly walks the runway with won of her models.

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Spectrum UT Senior Fashion Show 2014 Anh Nguyen

Anh Nguyen was a big winner of the night, winning Best Bridal Gown and Best Overall Collection.