Oregon State students to exhibit designs at annual fashion show

Oregon State University’s design students will show off their apparel collections to their peers and apparel and design industry representatives with the eighth-annual Spring Fashion Show.

The show is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. Friday at CH2M Hill Alumni Center.

The 34 designers participating in this year’s show were required to produce a collection that included at least three head-to-toe looks. Most created from four to six looks per collection, and organizers expect to see 158 total looks.

Although organizers went with a “Cirque de la Mode” theme — that translates from the French to “circus of fashion” — designers created looks that ranged from formal to practical. For example, fashion show director Shavonne Schumacher, a senior double-majoring in apparel design and exercise and sport science, created a collection of men’s outerwear — in bright colors.

“They can kind of design whatever they want,” Schumacher said.

Participation in the show isn’t a design and human environment departmental requirement, and designers need to find ways to purchase their own materials. While some pay for the fabric themselves, others get creative.

For example, senior Amanda Grisham convinced Pendleton Woolen Mills to sponsor her collection when she participated in last year’s fashion show. In October, Grisham won Portland Fashion Week’s Catapult: Emerging Designers Competition with the collection she’d entered in OSU’s show.

Along with Grisham’s success at Portland Fashion Week, OSU’s design and human environment program also stood in the spotlight last summer when fashion blog Fashionista named it one of the top 20 design programs in the nation.

The blog cited OSU’s ability to place graduates at businesses such as Nike, Columbia Sportswear, Pendleton Woolen Mills, Adidas and Eddie Bauer.

“There’s probably more OSU apparel design graduates at Nike and Columbia than from any other school,” said associate professor Kathy Mullet, apparel design program coordinator, during a July 26 interview with the Gazette-Times on the program’s mention in Fashionista.

Contact Gazette-Times reporter Gail Cole at 541-758-9510 or gail.cole@gazettetimes.com.

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