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Art comes to life at annual Threads fashion show

Student designers draw inspiration from artists and artwork, create collections

Contact: CMU News

Designers for Threads, the student-run fashion show at Central Michigan University, will bring their favorite artists and artwork to life in the form of inspired clothing collections.

The 16th annual Threads Fashion Show will take place at 7 p.m. Saturday, April 12, in Warriner Hall’s Plachta Auditorium. Artists featured in fashion collections include Botticelli, Degas and Monet, as well as other forms of media including stained glass, performance art and kinetic art. The 23 student designers will show a total of 18 collections, each inspired by a different artist or type of art.

“The theme was chosen last spring after the last Threads Fashion Show,” Senior Kaitlin Slack, co-producer of the show, said. “As soon as the idea was introduced the designers and producers instantly fell in love with it.”

Slack, an apparel merchandising and design major, will be sewing the production together this year, acting in the role of producer instead of designer. Although she won Junior Designer of the Year in 2013 for a collection inspired by the movie “Black Swan,” she’s looking forward to trying something new.

“With designing, producing, going to school full time and working, my time is completely taken,” Slack said. “But I’m excited to see everyone’s hard work pay off.” 

The student designers became eligible for the show after completing a pattern-making class and chose their artists on a first-come, first-served basis.

“It was interesting to see who everyone chose,” Slack said. “A lot of the designers’ personalities were reflected in their choices.”  

In addition to the student designers, the Threads special guest this year will be “Project Runway: All Stars” challenge winner Daniel Vosovic. The Grand Rapids native and fashion designer will be a judge and guest speaker and has offered to mentor the student who wins Senior Designer of the Year.

“We met Daniel this past fall at Detroit Fashion Speak,” Slack said. “Being from Michigan himself, we were able to connect and stay in contact with him. Having him at Threads is an amazing opportunity.”

Involvement in the fashion show goes beyond designing and producing. Students can participate as makeup artists, models, dressers and more.

“Being in Threads has shown me all aspects of the show,” Senior Georgia Morley, who has participated for the past four years, said. “I’ve volunteered, coordinated and produced, and the show has really grown over the years. Last year we moved from the CMU Events Center to Plachta Auditorium and had to change everything about the show, but it ended up being the best thing possible for the show. It made everyone involved pull together and get really creative.”

Morley, a double major in integrative public relations and apparel merchandising and design, will be a makeup artist this time around.

“I think this year’s show is going to be the best yet,” she said. “We’re building off of last year and our ‘Best of the Best’ show, and I’m really excited to see the end result.”

Tickets for Threads are $12 and are available through Ticket Central or by calling 989-774-3045.

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