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Textiles and Apparel Students Showcase Designs at 2010 Fashion Show

Textiles and Apparel Students Showcase Designs at 2010 Fashion Show

Students from the Division of Textiles and Apparel in the School of Human Ecology will debut their original fashion designs at the 2010 Annual Fashion Show entitled “High Voltage.”

highvoltagesmall-350.jpgEvent: Students from the Division of Textiles and Apparel in the School of Human Ecology will debut their original fashion designs at the 2010 Annual Fashion Show entitled “High Voltage.”

Admission is free and open to the public.

When: 8 p.m., Thursday, April 29. A pre-show exposition will oen at 7:00 p.m.

Where: The fashion show will be in the arena of the Frank Erwin Center. The exposition will be in the center’s Lone Star Room.

Background: The Division of Textiles and Apparel in the School of Human Ecology stages an annual fashion event to showcase designs of graduating seniors in the apparel design program. This year’s event, exhibiting the work of 32 students, will include a runway presentation of 128 original outfits, with emphasis on eco-friendly fabric and high-tech smart garments.

The event drew more than 5,000 attendees last year, and an even bigger audience is expected this year. Prizes are awarded for Best Fashion Collection, Most Innovative Fashion Collection, Most Marketable Fashion Collection, Best Constructed Fashion Collection, and Best Evening and Bridal Gown. Winners will be determined by a panel of judges composed of professionals in the fashion industry.

The fashion show and exposition are sponsored by the University Co-operative Society, the Texas Union, Sephora Cosmetics, Colbalt Blue Hair Salon and Tribeza.

For more information contact: Eve Nicols, Apparel Design Program Director, 512-471-3230, karuna@mail.utexas.edu; Valerie Davila, University Fashion Group, 832 -620-8756 valer.davila@bba07.mccombs.utexas.edu

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Guest - Fellow Parent on Monday, 03 May 2010 11:54

I agree with Ms. Jackson, the level of talent I saw was impressive.

It's unfortunate Ms. Jackson somehow missed the pre-show exposition, which was right there and indeed open to the public. As for the vendors, I thought they actually made it feel more like a commercial fashion event rather than just a school event. And I'm not so sure the money they probably provided to help make the show possible could be equaled by charging admission - besides the families of those involved, surely a large part of the audience attended because the event was free. And for families such as mine, the small distraction of having to walk past vendor booths enabled even more family members to attend than probably would have come if there had been even a five or ten dollar admission.

Kudos to everybody involved for doing what it took to make a great (free) show!

I agree with Ms. Jackson, the level of talent I saw was impressive. It's unfortunate Ms. Jackson somehow missed the pre-show exposition, which was right there and indeed open to the public. As for the vendors, I thought they actually made it feel more like a commercial fashion event rather than just a school event. And I'm not so sure the money they probably provided to help make the show possible could be equaled by charging admission - besides the families of those involved, surely a large part of the audience attended because the event was free. And for families such as mine, the small distraction of having to walk past vendor booths enabled even more family members to attend than probably would have come if there had been even a five or ten dollar admission. Kudos to everybody involved for doing what it took to make a great (free) show!
Guest - Sandra on Monday, 03 May 2010 12:17

This was the first year I have attended the student fashion show. I had a great time and want to go back next year! I have been talking about the show all week, I actually won a pair of Oliver Peoples sunglasses. Before I even got to my seat, I had fun learning about Austin's locally owned fashion stores, I even received a free 10 minute massage. When the show started, I was impressed at how professional everything looked. It was nice to see the students come out on the stage at the end, and it was even nicer that all the volunteers got to walk the stage at the very end. I can't wait to go next year. Great job UT Fashion Students!

This was the first year I have attended the student fashion show. I had a great time and want to go back next year! I have been talking about the show all week, I actually won a pair of Oliver Peoples sunglasses. Before I even got to my seat, I had fun learning about Austin's locally owned fashion stores, I even received a free 10 minute massage. When the show started, I was impressed at how professional everything looked. It was nice to see the students come out on the stage at the end, and it was even nicer that all the volunteers got to walk the stage at the very end. I can't wait to go next year. Great job UT Fashion Students!
Guest - Mary Scott on Thursday, 06 May 2010 05:07

I always have a good time at the UT fashion show. All of the students and faculty do such an incredible job, I feel like I'm rubbing elbows with the rich and famous. Can't wait until next year!

I always have a good time at the UT fashion show. All of the students and faculty do such an incredible job, I feel like I'm rubbing elbows with the rich and famous. Can't wait until next year!
Guest - Lissa Jackson on Saturday, 01 May 2010 03:50

My daughter and I have attended the show for a number of years. It has become an annual event for us and it's always delightful to see how the level of talent and the size of program increases over time. There is obviously some strong talent coming out of the school at UT. This year, however, I was disappointed to find that the pre-show exposition was not open to the public, despite what the web posting of the event states. This has always been one of the highlights of the evening for me. I've sewn for nearly 40 years and really enjoy seeing what the students are doing in the way of technique and fabric selections. Something you can only tell by seeing the garments at close range or by talking to the students. These students always seemed to enjoy talking about their project...their inspiration (especially if you knew what it was before they told you), why they made the fabric selection they did, construction challenges they overcame, where to find the best fabrics locally, etc.
I also found the introduction of the vendor booths somewhat distracting and distasteful. The evening is supposed to showcase what the young, aspiring designers are doing and give the "public" a glimpse at future design talent coming out of the UT program. The presence of the vendor booths gives the event the ambience of a car or boat show instead of a celebration and showcase of the student's achievements. Consider the proud Father/Mother bringing a bouquet of flowers to the show to present to their child as a congratulation for a job well done...and to reach their seats to experience the event they have to run the gauntlet of vendors with their samples, raffle tickets, and pleas to sign up for their mailing lists. I would prefer to purchase tickets for the event and demonstrate respect for the efforts of the students involved, if money is an issue.

My daughter and I have attended the show for a number of years. It has become an annual event for us and it's always delightful to see how the level of talent and the size of program increases over time. There is obviously some strong talent coming out of the school at UT. This year, however, I was disappointed to find that the pre-show exposition was not open to the public, despite what the web posting of the event states. This has always been one of the highlights of the evening for me. I've sewn for nearly 40 years and really enjoy seeing what the students are doing in the way of technique and fabric selections. Something you can only tell by seeing the garments at close range or by talking to the students. These students always seemed to enjoy talking about their project...their inspiration (especially if you knew what it was before they told you), why they made the fabric selection they did, construction challenges they overcame, where to find the best fabrics locally, etc. I also found the introduction of the vendor booths somewhat distracting and distasteful. The evening is supposed to showcase what the young, aspiring designers are doing and give the "public" a glimpse at future design talent coming out of the UT program. The presence of the vendor booths gives the event the ambience of a car or boat show instead of a celebration and showcase of the student's achievements. Consider the proud Father/Mother bringing a bouquet of flowers to the show to present to their child as a congratulation for a job well done...and to reach their seats to experience the event they have to run the gauntlet of vendors with their samples, raffle tickets, and pleas to sign up for their mailing lists. I would prefer to purchase tickets for the event and demonstrate respect for the efforts of the students involved, if money is an issue.
Guest - Shirley LaVergne on Tuesday, 04 May 2010 09:13

Congratulations to everyone involved in this fabulous event! The clothes were fantastic, very creative and innovative. My reaction each time was "Oh, I love that!!" The models did a great job of showcasing the beautiful clothing, the music complemented the event, the lighting was perfect, and tempo was ideal. The program was a huge success. I wish all the students the very best as they take their creativity into the marketplace. Looking forward to seeing their designs in the stores!!

Congratulations to everyone involved in this fabulous event! The clothes were fantastic, very creative and innovative. My reaction each time was "Oh, I love that!!" The models did a great job of showcasing the beautiful clothing, the music complemented the event, the lighting was perfect, and tempo was ideal. The program was a huge success. I wish all the students the very best as they take their creativity into the marketplace. Looking forward to seeing their designs in the stores!!
Guest - Nancy Sherman on Friday, 07 May 2010 04:14

What a terrific show! I have heard about the UT fashion show for years but this was my first time attending. I was very impressed with the entire show - the fashions, the models, the choreography, the professionalism, etc. It was obvious to me that the planning and preparation for the event took not only time, but an enormous amount of planning, dedication, and care. Congratulations to the students, faculty, and director for a job well done.

What a terrific show! I have heard about the UT fashion show for years but this was my first time attending. I was very impressed with the entire show - the fashions, the models, the choreography, the professionalism, etc. It was obvious to me that the planning and preparation for the event took not only time, but an enormous amount of planning, dedication, and care. Congratulations to the students, faculty, and director for a job well done.
Guest - Judy Zamencki on Monday, 03 May 2010 16:29

This was my first year attending the Fashion Show, and I can't wait to go again next year! The vendor booths were a great way to kill time while we waited for the show to begin (we arrived a tad bit too early). Once the show started, I really enjoyed the upbeat atmosphere of the show, and I couldn't wait to see each piece the students created! UT has some really talented students! I could definitely see all the hard work that was put into the show, and I really appreciate the efforts of the UT faculty and students. Great job!

This was my first year attending the Fashion Show, and I can't wait to go again next year! The vendor booths were a great way to kill time while we waited for the show to begin (we arrived a tad bit too early). Once the show started, I really enjoyed the upbeat atmosphere of the show, and I couldn't wait to see each piece the students created! UT has some really talented students! I could definitely see all the hard work that was put into the show, and I really appreciate the efforts of the UT faculty and students. Great job!
Guest - Lisa Delgado on Wednesday, 05 May 2010 09:46

I enjoyed the show very much! The pieces were amazing! Great job Kat Salvante and to all the other Seniors as well!

I enjoyed the show very much! The pieces were amazing! Great job Kat Salvante and to all the other Seniors as well!
Guest - Jeannette Gonzales on Saturday, 09 April 2011 04:20

I can't wait to see this year's show! I am coming from a different perspective than most because I graduated from what was then called "Textiles and Clothing" (option A- design) in 1982. At that time our department was called Home Economics instead of Human Ecology. I can definitely understand why they made the name change because the general consensus was that we were studying "pots and pans"! Anyway, I participated in the show in 1981 and 1982. At that time, it was held in a small auditorium building close to the Union (the name escapes me). We had about 20-25 designers tops. It was still a nice show but I am happy to see how much the program has grown through the years. I am especially happy to see that there is now an internship for design. When I studied there, the internship was only for merchandising majors. My oldest daughter is now in her first year of the program. Hopefully, she will soon begin to participate in the fashion show, because it is a very educational experience!
Jeannette Urton Gonzales

I can't wait to see this year's show! I am coming from a different perspective than most because I graduated from what was then called "Textiles and Clothing" (option A- design) in 1982. At that time our department was called Home Economics instead of Human Ecology. I can definitely understand why they made the name change because the general consensus was that we were studying "pots and pans"! Anyway, I participated in the show in 1981 and 1982. At that time, it was held in a small auditorium building close to the Union (the name escapes me). We had about 20-25 designers tops. It was still a nice show but I am happy to see how much the program has grown through the years. I am especially happy to see that there is now an internship for design. When I studied there, the internship was only for merchandising majors. My oldest daughter is now in her first year of the program. Hopefully, she will soon begin to participate in the fashion show, because it is a very educational experience! Jeannette Urton Gonzales
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