South Charlotte

Former Providence student wins contest

Laura Denhart, a 2007 Providence High School graduate and senior at North Carolina State University's College of Textiles, recently won a logo contest for the College's 2011 Cotton Couture Fashion Show.

Cotton Couture is a collaboration between NCSU's College of Textiles and Cotton Incorporated. The annual fashion show features high-fashioned cotton clothes designed by students.

Denhart's logo was chosen from dozens of entries submitted by 15 students. In addition to a $100 cash award, her logo will be reproduced on T-shirts, merchandise and printed advertisements promoting the Dec. 1 show as well as its accompanying lookbook.

Denhart won't have any fashion designs in the show - she's not taking any classes associated with the event. However, she has plenty of original designs she's created for the actress playing Juliette - as in Romeo and Juliette - while she was studying abroad for a semester in Prague, Czech Republic. After the play closed, she was able to bring the costumes home and they are now hanging in her closet in Charlotte's Providence Plantation neighborhood.

That's also where she's squirreled away hundreds of designs she's sketched over the years.

"Ever since I was little I've been into fashion, art and drawing. I've got notebooks full of designs," she said.

Denhart, 22, will graduate in December and is currently interviewing with several companies. She's also looking at a graduate program in luxury fashion and management that would split her time between N.C. State and Nice, France.

Denhart says her ultimate goal is to have her own fashion label and firm. For now, though, she's appreciating all the opportunities that have already come her way.

"I've been really lucky that I've found such a good program and that my parents are so supportive," she said. "It just doesn't get any better than this."