April 24, 2017

Annual fashion show, student showcase is April 27

CARBONDALE, Ill. -- Work produced by the students in Southern Illinois University Carbondale’s Fashion Design & Merchandising program will be presented at the annual student showcase and fashion show, Thursday, April 27, in the Student Center ballrooms. 

This year’s showcase includes the work of two senior student designers who have been creating their final collections. The runway fashion show begins at 7 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. 

The event starts at 6 p.m. with a student showcase of exhibits in the Student Center’s J.W. Corker Lounge. The exhibit includes examples of course work and student projects from a variety of classes. One exhibit features a brand-development collaboration project that displays the creative talents of fashion merchandising students, fashion designers, fashion stylists, and interior design students. 

Jeffrey Scott Wright, owner and designer of “The Tights Guy,” is the guest speaker. Wright participated in the brand collaboration project, providing students with the experience of working on a product development project with a real-life professional. 

The featured event will be the final garment collections from senior designers Mia Meredith Strickland, who will present “Strickland,” and Kelsey Valentine Wallace, who will present “Evelyn.” 

The runway fashion shows prior to the featured event will be designs of students in the program. “Dressed for Effect’ will present the garments created by first-year design students Terrian Brownlow, India McCluney, Rawan Almghamsi, Jingyu Niu, Deja Mannie, and Brooklyn Lehn. 

“Some Enchanted Evening” will feature eveningwear designed by Wallace, Strickland, Eva Dynes, Olivia Martinez, August Bishop, Anna Rutledge, and Emily Hennenfent. “Structural Chaos” features experimental design lines from Wallace, Strickland, Rutledge, Hennenfent, and Martinez. 

Junior-level design students are featured in the “Designer Inspiration” segment, presenting collections from Yazmin Rosado-Polanco, Kandis Sullivan, Tatiana Cody, Kyndell Cole, Alana Cade, and Julianne Bridges.    

More than 150 students from across campus are involved in this event, and John A Logan College cosmetology students under the direction of Nancy Jo Crowell help complete the final runway looks. 

“The fashion show and student showcase is a wonderful way for the students to show their talent and enthusiasm for their future careers in the fashion industry not only to their parents and friends, but also the community,” said Laura Kidd, associate professor and program director. 

For more information on the event, contact Kidd at lkidd@siu.edu or 618/453-1970.