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March 11, 2014

Annual student fashion show to take place March 15

The Department of Art, Art History and Design at Michigan State University is hosting the 2014 annual Apparel and Textile Design Student Fashion Show at 7 p.m. March 15 in the Pasant Theatre at Wharton Center.

This evening of cutting-edge fashion will feature the creative explorations of emerging designers studying apparel and textile design in the Department of Art, Art History and Design within the College of Arts and Letters at MSU.

Held annually, this juried runway show is a culmination of creative explorations ranging from classic to avant-garde fashion. Before the runway premier on Saturday, students were actively engaged in the design and construction process for several months. Outside the studio, these designers worked with faculty to plan the show from A to Z. From model casting calls to the designer jury process, the show represents a significant professional development opportunity for these future fashion designers.

The MSU Apparel and Textile Design program emphasizes creativity and experimentation that mingles design with art. Students combine fine art, couture and technical design to create original garments, which reflect an understanding of global issues such as sustainability and cultural dress.

An exciting addition to the show this year is the inclusion of work designs displayed in the lobby and an accessories exhibition. Awards will be presented at the close of the runway show. The judging panel includes: MSU alumna Karen Rasmussen, design director for Target; Alisa Henriquez, associate professor of painting; Michelle Word, teaching specialist and outreach/programing coordinator; and Candace Keller, assistant professor of art history and visual culture.

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