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Annual fashion show theme: "Rendering Reality"

February 21, 2014

CSU students in the Department of Design and Merchandising will put their creations on display at the annual student fashion show, set for 7:30 p.m. March 7 at the Lincoln Center.

The event will showcase 25 collections created by senior apparel design majors. The assigned “Rendering Reality” theme inspired creations in numerous fashion categories.

“The designs produced by the senior capstone class in Design and Merchandising are the best I've ever seen,” said prof. Diane Sparks, coordinator of CSU’s apparel and merchandising program. “Each student was ambitious and dedicated to creating designs that were beautiful and fully functional as garments. The designs that will be shown to the public are energetic and fully reflective of student excellence. As faculty we are all very proud of the work and eager for the public to experience.”

Hand-crafted creations

Design students selected a target market, product category and price zone for their collections.  The pieces shown on the runway are unique to the designer, who has drawn the designs, made the patterns, constructed the garment and chosen the fabric.

Another unique aspect of the show is the incorporation of decommissioned parachutes into designs. Aspen Pointe, a nonprofit veteran re-3-habilitation center in Colorado Springs, has donated the parachutes to be utilized in the creation of 14 garments to be displayed.

Student-run, start to finish

The fashion show is planned, produced and promoted by 36 students in the fashion show production and event planning course. Students from across campus work together to manage a $20,000 budget and create a full theatrical production.


Tickets are $45 (VIP), $25 and $15, and are available at the Lincoln Center website. Special $10 and $15 student tickets are available at the Lory Student Center box Office.

The Department of Design and Merchandising is part of the College of Health and Human Sciences.