Runway crawls with student fashions

Part of the proceeds went to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation.

by Adam Elrashidi

The glitz and glamour of the runway was on display in front of a sold-out crowd during Stylus, the University’s 38th annual senior fashion show, on Saturday at Rarig Center.

The event was sponsored by the College of Human Ecology’s department of design, housing and apparel, and featured clothing designs from 27 juniors and seniors. A portion of the proceeds, $400, went to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation.

Elizabeth Bye, a professor in the department who organized the event, said donating proceeds to the foundation has been a standing tradition for the show and the fashion industry.

“We had two faculty members in the department who are cancer survivors, so it hits close to home,” Bye said.

She said doing shows such as these is a great way to contribute. .

Though Bye said it was stressful overseeing the setup and production of the show, she was relieved about how smoothly the event came off.

That sentiment was expressed by those who watched the show and those who put it on.

Wayne Laberda, a clothing design senior and one of the show’s designers, said that although there had only been one trial run, he was impressed by the fluidity of the show and the crowd’s positive responses to the designs.

Katherine Groh, a clothing design senior and another featured designer, echoed Laberda’s feelings about the effort put into the show but said she felt the department’s clothing design program should have done more to help the designers prepare for the show.

“I think it’s kind of unrealistic that the program expects the seniors to pull the whole show together,” Groh said. “We don’t have planners that kind of help us out with the logistics of the show.”

Groh said the show was entirely senior-run, and it was the participants’ responsibility to find models and set up catering.

Although the show focused more closely on the senior lines, Bye said she was very proud of the work of the junior designers who began the show.

Bye said the designs shown by the juniors spoke very well of their potential and creativity, and she said she looked forward to seeing more of their work.

Part of the money raised will help fund next year’s show, Laberda said.

Bye also said one of the more-unique aspects of this year’s show was the way all the designers made participants and spectators feel like they were a part of the show.

Tyler Stevermer, a first-year architecture student, said the show’s energy made it easier for him to feel attached to the designs.

He also said he admired the process and assembly it took to put on such an event.

Chris Mason, a retail merchandising alumna, and Alecia Miller, a retail merchandising senior, were both models. They said half the fun was getting done up and connecting with the crowd.

“It was nerve-wracking to be on stage,” Miller said. “But it was fun.”