Colorado State University presents ‘Elemental’ show featuring student fashions

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Experience the fusion of nature and humans in fashion at the Colorado State University Fashion Show “Elemental” at the Lincoln Center in Fort Collins on Friday, April 1, at 7:30 p.m.

The one-night-only event, presented by the Department of Design and Merchandising, highlights 22 collections created by graduating apparel design students in an unforgettable full-stage theatrical production. Forty-eight models will feature 106 exquisite garments produced during the designers’ academic careers, involving everything from sketching and pattern-making to garment construction. It is a showcase of diverse collections, including children’s wear, men’s wear, contemporary design and bridal fashions.

“Elemental” will also feature two plus-size collections, including one by designer Emily Petiya, who currently interns with plus-size women’s-wear designer AnnaFesta of Denver. In addition, the fashion show will include a collection from Matthew Martinez, currently interning with Public School in New York City. His collection features beautiful handcrafted shibori textiles shown in contemporary men’s and women’s wear.

Each year the theme for the fashion show is selected by the prior year’s students. The notion of “Elemental” represents both the great beauty and the tumultuous unpredictability of our world. The theme came from fashion forecasting research on WGSN, a global trend forecasting service. Proceeds from the fashion show support WGSN educational resources for CSU students.

Tickets to “Elemental” range from $10 to $25, depending on the desired seating level. VIP tickets are also available for $50, giving patrons access to premium seating, cocktails, a silent auction and hors d’oeuvres prior to the show. The VIP reception begins at 5:30 p.m.

The Department of Design and Merchandising is part of CSU’s College of Health and Human Sciences. It provides fashion students the skills to succeed in the apparel industry. Each year the department hosts the fashion show to bridge the gap between education and profession for design students. For more information visit, or purchase tickets at