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Fashion design with reflective fabrics

Swatches | November 1, 2019 | By:

With a fashion-forward design, student Anna Schmidtke stretched the boundaries of how reflective material can be used in apparel. Photo: Safe Reflections Inc.

Apparel design and development student Anna Schmidtke knows you don’t have to sacrifice style for safety. She demonstrated this principle in a design for the annual spring WEAR Fashion Show at the University of Wisconsin-Stout. 

The 20-year-old sophomore from Forest Lake, Minn., designed a floor-length dress in black with white accents. It features a gray-and-black patterned centerpiece made from Eclipse1231, a reflective fabric made by St. Paul, Minn.-based Safe Reflections Inc. In the dark, the eco-friendly material glows with a silvery sheen that cannot be missed. 

Schmidtke won the Best Sophomore Award for the dress, which was one of approximately 100 designs modeled at the show. She chose to use Eclipse in her design after working for Safe Reflections during the summer of 2018. 

Safe Reflections wants to help other designers incorporate reflective material into activewear, military gear and other apparel options. The company now offers the course “How to Design with Reflective” for students and professional designers. For more information, visit

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