Runway Challenge to Inspire Designers
October 23, 2006 7:51 AM
Although the hit reality fashion television show “Project Runway” has officially ended its third season, SF State students and faculty still have a chance to be auf’d.
The Student Fashion Association (SFA) will be holding a fall fashion show, the first of its kind, on Tuesday, Nov. 28. Although the department usually holds a larger fashion show in the spring, SFA president Lea Badalian came up with the idea of holding a smaller show in the fall that will mimic the Bravo network show.
“We’re doing a runway challenge, and we got the idea from ‘Project Runway’ on Bravo,” Badalian, 21, said.
The show, to be held in Jack Adams Hall, is comprised of four different categories in which the applicants can choose to design.
The four categories include making new outfits from recycled clothing, designing an outfit that represents a style icon, designing an outfit that represents rock and roll, and the final one is making an outfit for a woman living in the year 2020.
The category involving reconstructed designs from recycled clothing, including pieces from a clothing drive held in the Malcolm X Plaza on Oct. 17 through Oct. 19. The department will continue accepting donations through the end of the week. Any leftover pieces of clothing will be donated to a charity that is yet to be determined.
“This is the first time we’ve had a fashion show in our department where it’s been open to any student at SFSU,” Badalian said. “Anyone can participate.”
The fashion show isn’t limited to students. According to 22-year-old apparel and merchandising major Jen Conforti, faculty members are free to enter the competition as well.
Each designer can design only one piece per category, but can participate in as many categories as he or she desires, Badalian said. Applications for both the designers and the models who will display the designs can be found in the SFA mailbox in BH 329.
“We really need designers,” said apparel and merchandising major Monica Reed, 23. Reed designed an outfit from recycled clothing, which is on display in the SFSU Bookstore window. She, along with fellow FSA student Rebecca Finerman, is in charge of the window displays and hopes to change the display each week to reflect a different category in the fashion show.
“It’s a work in progress. It’s an effort on all of our part,” Reed said.
The window drew interest from passing students and faculty alike.
“I’m really interested in this,” said English professor Lois Lyles, who was drawn to the bookstore’s display window. “I enjoy clothing design, I’ve made garments in the past, and also jewelry. So I’m really interested in this project.”
But those with no more experience than watching the fashions on “Project Runway” on their televisions need not fear.
“We’re not worried about perfection,” Badalian said. “This is more for fun. It’s so other people can see your work and you can get your name out there.”
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