Huntsville Museum of Art pits Alabama and Auburn for Fashion Fusion Face-Off

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) -  A design competition at the Huntsville Museum of Art pits Alabama and Auburn against each other again. From football to fashion, it seems everything's a competition with the SEC schools in the state.

"We've called this the Fashion Fusion Face-off: Alabama vs Auburn," said the Huntsville Museum of Art Guild's Cheryl Matthews.

It seems the Huntsville Museum of Art is hosting the Iron Bowl of Couture. The Fashion Fusion Face-off is a design competition between four Auburn University students and four recent University of Alabama graduates.

"This was an opportunity for us to go out into the state and do some things in a bigger manner," Matthews said.

The museum found a way to help students and get local "celebrity" alumni involved from each school. Auburn University alumni celebrities include Bob Broadway with the Broadway Group, Cole Cubelic, host of Cube Show on WUMP, Lauren Mosley Haney and Davis Reed of Murphree and Reed Dental. Alabama celebrity participants include Amanda Hamner, Chris Lindsey of Bryant Bank, Kim Minkinow, Wes Neighbors of Neighbors Wealth Management Group and the Drive on 97.7 The Zone. These partners are raising money to support the museum and give back to Alabama and Auburn.

"We have a cash prize for the design department at that university," Matthews said.

The Huntsville Museum of Art Guild created the competition with inspiration from the Big Apple. This exhibition opens at the Huntsville Museum of Art on Friday.

"It's an exhibit that's coming from the American Folk Art Museum in New York City, and Huntsville is actually the first museum to get this from New York," said Stephanie Kelley, the Huntsville Museum of Art's Director of Communications.

The ensembles are created by emerging and established fashion designers called upon by the American Folk Art Museum.

"To come into their museum and find inspiration through their folk art pieces in their permanent collection and from that they developed these couture pieces," Kelley said.

Visitors have until Thursday, April 7 to tour the guild's Fashion Fusion Face-off. The winner will be announced during a cocktail event on Thursday from 6:30 p.m. until 9:30 p.m. This event also officially opens the Folk Couture: Fashion and Folk Art exhibition to the public.

Donations will be totaled at the event. A cash award will be donated to the design department of the school whose "celebrities" raise the most money.

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