Michigan State University’s Student Apparel Design Association will host its third annual Fashion Week from April 16 to 19. Fashion Week events consist of the senior design studio fashion show, MSU fashion police’s version of “What Not to Wear,” an historical ball and the SADA spring fashion show, "Muse."
“Fashion Week is an electrifying event for our students,” said Carol Beard, SADA faculty adviser. “The week is filled with opportunities for them to display originally designed garments in a venue that is exciting and energizing. These events give our students the opportunity to preview for their peers, family, community and the local news media the inspiring work of promising young designers.”
Advanced apparel design students will model their semester projects at the senior design studio fashion show from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 16, in the MSU Union Main Lounge. Some of the garments included in the show will be of nontraditional materials, such as rubber gloves, coffee filters, board games, and "things that aren't allowed on airplanes.”
Students from the apparel and textile design program will serve as MSU fashion police and spruce up some campus wardrobes, based on the hit television show "What Not to Wear." The event will take place at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 17, in the MSU Union Parlors.
An historical ball will be held from 7 to 10 p.m. Friday, April 18, in the MSU Union Ballrooms A and B. Civil War era costumes for attendees are appreciated, but not necessary, and guests will enjoy dancing and period music from Glen Morningstar and the Olde Michigan Ruffwater Stringband. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. All proceeds will go to the preservation and display of the MSU Historic Clothing and Textile collection, an international collection of garments and fabrics from the 18th to 21st centuries.
The highlight of the week is "Muse," the 10th annual SADA fashion show, a juried runway exhibition presenting the best of MSU apparel and textile design students' creations and collections from 2007-08. The show will be held from 8 to 10 p.m. Saturday, April 19, at the Lansing Center. Students were required to submit designer packets at the end of the fall semester, and the chosen designers then produced their designs outside of class for this event. Tickets are $12, with no reserved seating.
The MSU Student Apparel Design Association was established as a means of bringing students together to discover and share talents in apparel and textile design. Through developmental activities, such as Fashion Week and an annual visit to the New York City garment district, their primary function is to ultimately broaden and strengthen the technical and professional skills required to succeed in the apparel and textile industries.
Beard noted: “Our students are getting jobs at companies like Ralph Lauren, Tommy Hilifger, Elliot Lucca, Puma Kids, Talbots and J Crew – you may be currently wearing a garment designed by alumni of the MSU apparel and textile design program.”