CSU students’ 2017 Fashion Show features ASCENTS to new heights

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Colorado State University’s Department of Design and Merchandising will hold its annual fashion show at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, March 31, at the Lincoln Center in Fort Collins.

VIP tickets, valued at $50, will allow guests to arrive at 5 p.m. for hors d’oeuvres, wine and beer, as well as a silent auction featuring goody bags donated by sponsors. VIP ticket-holders also enjoy premium seating.

The show, titled “ASCENT,” will showcase 14 senior collections as well as junior design and draping concepts constructed out of recycled war parachutes donated by Aspen Pointe mental health services.

Over 40 models who attended a model call in February have been selected to wear the student designers’ unique collections.

Showcasing achievements

The 14 collections created by graduating apparel design students is a way for them to present their individually designed, constructed and styled pieces. It’s an opportunity to provide acclaim for the designers and unveil the progress of their valuable academic careers.

The theme “ASCENT,” according to director Nicole Pink, was chosen because for inventors and visionaries, the “goal of ‘ascent’ is to rise above and strive for greater.”

The diverse collections reflect the concept of “ASCENT” and the trending designs accessed via the Worth Global Style Network. WGSN, a global trend forecasting service paid for with contributions from local sponsors, is a valuable educational resource for CSU students.


Tickets to the “ASCENT” fashion show are priced between $10 to $25, depending on seating location.

The annual Fashion Show has been single-handedly organized by CSU students under the direction of faculty member Carol Engel-Enright for seven years, and this will be the fourth year the Lincoln Center has hosted the event.

The students are divided into committees, and each committee is in charge of securing sponsorships to fund the show as well as their own budgets.

The Department of Design and Merchandising is part of the College of Health and Human Sciences. The program provides students the knowledge and tools to succeed in the apparel industry, ultimately to reach their best potential in whatever level of production or sales they pursue.

For more information regarding the department and tickets, visit www.dm.chhs.colostate.edu, http://www.lctix.com or https://csufashionshow.wordpress.com.

For updates and sneak peaks into the show, follow CSU Fashion Show on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Snapchat.

Follow @proudtobeacsuram on Instagram the night of the show to watch a live feed from the event — even backstage.