Death by design

This avant-garde Austin designer transformed her fashion show into a funeral


THIS IS SLOANE Collection 7 We're Throwing a Funeral Fashion Show
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THIS IS SLOANE Collection 7 We're Throwing a Funeral Fashion Show Erin Freeman
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THIS IS SLOANE Collection 7 We're Throwing a Funeral Fashion Show Laurie Gallardo
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THIS IS SLOANE Collection 7 We're Throwing a Funeral Fashion Show Christopher Messina Leia Goodpaster
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THIS IS SLOANE Collection 7 We're Throwing a Funeral Fashion Show Carmen Stricklen Rianna Murray
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THIS IS SLOANE Collection 7 We're Throwing a Funeral Fashion Show
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THIS IS SLOANE Collection 7 We're Throwing a Funeral Fashion Show Meggie Copeland
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THIS IS SLOANE Collection 7 We're Throwing a Funeral Fashion Show
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THIS IS SLOANE Collection 7 We're Throwing a Funeral Fashion Show
Photo by Shelley Neuman
THIS IS SLOANE Collection 7 We're Throwing a Funeral Fashion Show
Photo by Shelley Neuman
THIS IS SLOANE Collection 7 We're Throwing a Funeral Fashion Show
Photo by Shelley Neuman
THIS IS SLOANE Collection 7 We're Throwing a Funeral Fashion Show
Photo by Shelley Neuman
THIS IS SLOANE Collection 7 We're Throwing a Funeral Fashion Show
Photo by Shelley Neuman
THIS IS SLOANE Collection 7 We're Throwing a Funeral Fashion Show
Photo by Shelley Neuman
THIS IS SLOANE Collection 7 We're Throwing a Funeral Fashion Show
Photo by Shelley Neuman
THIS IS SLOANE Collection 7 We're Throwing a Funeral Fashion Show
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THIS IS SLOANE Collection 7 We're Throwing a Funeral Fashion Show Felix Lenz
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THIS IS SLOANE Collection 7 We're Throwing a Funeral Fashion Show
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THIS IS SLOANE Collection 7 We're Throwing a Funeral Fashion Show
Photo by Shelley Neuman
THIS IS SLOANE Collection 7 We're Throwing a Funeral Fashion Show
Photo by Shelley Neuman
THIS IS SLOANE Collection 7 We're Throwing a Funeral Fashion Show
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THIS IS SLOANE Collection 7 We're Throwing a Funeral Fashion Show Sloane Lenz
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THIS IS SLOANE Collection 7 We're Throwing a Funeral Fashion Show Barbies
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THIS IS SLOANE Collection 7 We're Throwing a Funeral Fashion Show Kimberley Gosnell
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THIS IS SLOANE Collection 7 We're Throwing a Funeral Fashion Show Nicki Carroll
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It’s rare in Austin for a fashion show to shift from models strutting down the runway in ready-to-wear looks to a performance art spectacle that entertains, confuses, and stays with the audience well after they leave their seats.

The latest runway show from 22-year-old Austinite Sloane Lenz — the young designer's seventh collection — entitled “We’re Throwing a Funeral!” was the latter. Lenz, who premiered her debut collection at Austin Fashion Week in 2015 at the age of 19, evoked Party Monster club kid vibes of the ’90s, the psychedelia of ’60s and ’70s, meditations on the idea of "luck" in her latest collection. (Basically, it was like Vegas on acid — but fashion.)

The show centered around a pink coffin, which models paid their last respects to before strutting down the runway. The theatrical makeup donned by the models was reminiscent of what was worn by models in one of John Galliano’s first Margiela collections in 2015 — statement-making and unlike anything Austin’s fashion scene has seen before.

We can’t wait to see what wacky and memorable looks Lenz creates next.

Most guests participated in the funeral theme by donning all black looks like this one on Erin Freeman.

KUTX DJ Laurie Gallardo pays her respects and gets us into the Halloween spirit.

Christopher Messina and Leia Goodpaster.

Carmen Stricklen and Rianna Murray.

THIS IS SLOANE, Collection 7.

THIS IS SLOANE, Collection 7.

Many of her looks gave nods past decades and musical inspirations like Elvis.

Iconography surrounding gambling and luck snuck into most of her looks.

Why go to the chapel to get married when you can be the chapel?

Lenz's overall vibe pays tribute to psychedelic styles of the '60s and '70s.

"I DON'T EXPECT TO BE RESPECTED" boldly states this one-piece look.

Exaggerated sleeves are a recurring theme in her work.

THIS IS SLOANE, Collection 7.

THIS IS SLOANE, Collection 7.

THIS IS SLOANE, Collection 7.

Sloane's brother Felix can often be found modeling his sister's most iconic looks.

"HOLY GHOST BUSTERS" reads this piece.

Lenz often takes her looks over-the-top with larger than life accessories.

This cape was one of our favorite looks, with split iconography representing good and bad luck.

This cape references lyrics to a song entitled "Power" by the band Peace.

Designer Sloane Lenz.

Lenz had Barbies on display dressed in looks from the night's show.

Kimberley Gosnell parts the sea of black with this purple look.

Nicki Carroll and India Williams.