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Fashion design students at Auburn University are vying for public votes against fashion design students at the University of Alabama.

The Huntsville Museum of Art Guild created the Fashion Fusion Face Off by challenging students to create garments inspired by works of art from the museum’s collection. Eight pieces – four from each school – can be viewed online.  

Winners of the challenge will be determined by judges and online voting. The public is encouraged to vote daily for their favorite design at www.fashionfusionfaceoff.com/votehere. The student earning the most online votes will receive $500. The favorite among judges will earn $1,000. Only one vote per device can be cast each day.

The contest will conclude on April 7 when the museum hosts an opening reception for “Folk Fusion: Where Fashion Meets Folk Art,” an exhibit featuring works from 13 established and emerging designers asked to create a fashion piece of original couture inspired by one or more works from the American Folk Art Museum’s collection in New York City. Designers include French designer Catherine Malandrino, who recently launched a new clothing line exclusively for Kohl’s, and Fabio Costa, a contestant of Project Runway and Project Runway All Stars.

The Huntsville museum is the only museum outside of New York to present this exhibit.