21st Annual Campus Couture Fashion Show to Hit the Catwalk on May 13

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campus-couture-csulbSome 250 original garments designed, constructed, and modeled by students at California State University, Long Beach (CSULB) will be shown at the 21st annual Campus Couture Fashion Show on Wednesday, May 13. The show will be held at the campus’ Carpenter Performing Arts Center, beginning at 7 p.m.

The show highlights the work of 50 textile and clothing majors in the CSULB Family and Consumer Sciences Department. The garments constructed for the show follow the guidelines of each specific design class. While design students create the garments, merchandising students participate in the fundraising and production of the show.

This year’s coordinators are Rebecca Smith, head coordinator; Nicole Blume, assistant coordinator; Tyler Rodriguez, public relations coordinator; Sandee Yturralde and Kim Snyder, co-designer liaisons; and Iris Taylor, fundraising coordinator. The coordinating team is made up of juniors and seniors majoring in either fashion merchandising and/or apparel design.

“This is an opportunity for students to present their vision to the world of fashion,” explained Suzanne Marshall, the faculty advisor who works with the coordinators on the show throughout the year. “This year’s coordinators are looking forward to putting on the most professional runway show yet by utilizing unique lighting effects, staging, music, and choreography.”

In addition, the show will be judged by fashion professionals representing various parts of the industry. “We’re all very humbled and honored to have such established professionals from the industry attending this year’s show,” said Blume.

Some of the judges attending this year’s show include John Cherpas, senior vice president of design for Hurley; Season 3 Project Runway Designer Vincent Libretti, currently producing a Webisode titled “Project Vincent”; Katrina Anderson, designer for men’s outerwear for Anchor Blue; and Henri Meyers, CEO/director of eM Productions Press, and stand-out fashion designer from “Project Runway” (Season 1), costume designer for hit reality series such as “America’s Best Dance Crew” and “True Beauty” and spokesperson for Kara Saun.

“The Campus Couture Fashion Show is an annual event in which fashion merchandising and design students spend an entire year anxiously preparing. Our design students stay up nights creating magnificent garments while our merchandising students spend their days fundraising, promoting and organizing this spectacular event,” Smith said. “The hard work of each of these talented students will finally be revealed on May 13th – a much anticipated night of passion, ingenuity and celebration.”

For more information regarding the 21st annual Campus Couture Fashion Show, contact Rodriguez via e-mail at ty_rodrig@yahoo.com. Those interested can also visit the Web site at www.csulb.edu/campuscouture.

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