Rust Belt by Electa Royal

Electa Royal's 10 look  collection was perfectly at home in the CES Spring 2018 Fashion show on Friday April 20th. Royal's collection titled  "Rust Belt" is inspired by abandoned factory buildings in the midwest, particularly along the Ohio river; perfectly, the show was held inside of one. The show venue, 400 West Rich Arts Building, was fittingly raw and industrial, like Royal's designs.

Inspired by closed down factories in the Midwest particularly along the Ohio River, including my hometown Ironton, Ohio. It is an homage to all rust belt workers, their families, and the once booming cities. This collection concept continues to fuel my creative spirit and it will keep growing over time. It is not just a project anymore, it is me.
— Electa Royal

Royal is a 2017 Kent State University alum with a BA degree in Fashion Design and a minor in Sustainability. You can learn more about her on her website:


Design & Construction: Electa Royal @eroyaldesigns

Makeup Artistry: Brittany Reed @b.slays

Models: Alivia Hysell, Ally Baker, Regan Sines, Courtney Gavin, Ashley Robinson, Viktoriya Vasilizhenluo, Kayla Lowe, Daly Sow, April Dossett


On the CES Runway:

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Media: Lincoln Meikle @ljm_productions

Media: Tanner Meyers @mylifewithtan

Media: Tyler Wick @wickimages