Students showcase ‘Confluence’ designs in Colorado State University Fashion Show

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The Colorado State University Fashion Show has a little something for everyone this time around.

CSU apparel design students from the Department of Design and Merchandising will showcase their talents at the CSU Fashion Show on April 3 at 7:30 p.m. at the Lincoln Center in Fort Collins. This year’s theme is “Confluence,” meaning “the coming or flowing together to one point.” It will feature diverse collections designed by seniors in the program, including children’s, maternity, rock climbing, yoga, transformational, day and evening wear in one fabulous fashion production.

Each design student defined his or her own unique inspiration, target market, product category and price range, then sketched designs, draped or drafted original patterns, chose fabrics and fully constructed each garment in his or her four- to six-piece collection.

“For my collection, I knew I wanted to design evening wear and I was inspired by the 1930s and 1940s Hollywood glam,” says senior design student Maya McGowan, currently interning at Marchesa in New York. “I made sure to incorporate silhouettes and significant design details from that era such as high necklines, open backs and cowls.”

“I really wanted to create a collection about what I was feeling after experiencing London,” says senior design student Christina Kidney, currently interning at Patrik Ervell, a menswear designer in New York. “Each one of my looks is versatile and intended to accommodate various activities for a day in the city.”

The fashion show is planned, produced and promoted by students in the Fashion Show Production and Event Planning class. The students work in committees to secure sponsorships to fund the show and manage a budget to plan every detail, creating a cohesive, entertaining and successful event. The full stage production requires theatrical set building and lighting and the coordination of more than 40 models.

Tickets are $50 for VIP and $25, $15 and $10 for general admission. VIP tickets have the best seating for the show and include a pre-show cocktail reception catered by Canino’s Italian Restaurant and silent auction in the Canyon West Ballroom from 5 to 7 p.m. Tickets may be purchased at the Lincoln Center or online at A limited number of tickets will also be sold in the Lory Student Center Box Office on the CSU Campus.

The Department of Design and Merchandising is part of the College of Health and Human Sciences at CSU. The department offers programs in apparel design and production, merchandising, product development, and interior design.

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