Models strut the catwalk to the downbeats of a thumping techno synthesizer, the male models on the verge of cracking up.
Fashion Group International (FGI), a student club promoting careers in the fashion industry hosted its annual winter fashion show, Fashion Wonderland Thursday night, showcasing the designs of eight CSU students.
However, Fashion Wonderland endorsed more than fashion.
T-shirts designed by CSU art students sold for $20 apiece to raise money for Sky High Hope Camp, a Bellvue charity for children with cancer.
Patricia Szafransky, president of FGI, was inspired to raise money for the organization when she met a group of the cancer patients at the Air Force/CSU football game.
“I gave the blank T-shirts to art students and told them to use it as a canvas,” Szafransky said. “They used acrylic, tempora, fabric and stitching, they got really creative.”
Szafransky estimated that over 200 students and community members attended. FGI advisor and design and merchandising professor Terry Yan said it was one of the better turnouts she’s seen.
“I’ve been doing this four years,” said Audra Bickel, an FGI officer, “And I personally think this is the best FGI show we’ve ever done.”
This winter the fashion show featured not only student designers, but also designs from local retailers Hotees and Sesh Board Shop and Apparel. Bickel said this is only the second time local retailers have been shown in a CSU fashion show.
“I think it’s great that they combine local and student design,” Yan said. “It’s nice to see the student designs alongside (the retailers).”
Fashion is not normally associated with Fort Collins, but Fashion Wonderland showcased the talent and work of CSU fashion and apparel students.
“Fort Collins is not quite there yet,” Szafransky said. “But an event like this let’s people become more aware that there’s more to fashion than a T-shirt.”
For Diana Walker, a sophomore design and apparel major, it was her first show.
“It took a lot of hours of work for 20 minutes of show,” Walker said. “But I was just so glad someone else could see my work.”
Her sister, Megan Walker, a sophomore biomedical science major, walked the catwalk wearing Diana’s designs.
“The energy was high, people were great,” Megan Walker said.
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