Dec 012010
Authors: Lianna Salva

Tonight more than 80 students will showcase their designs at Fashion Group International’s annual winter fashion show.  

The event will take place at the Sunset Event Center in Old Town, Fort Collins and will be from 7 to 9 p.m.
Fashion Group International or FGI is a global organization that helps connect cultures through fashion and follows fashion innovations.

The CSU student chapter is made of students from the Department of Design and Merchandising, but there will be at least 40 students participating in the fashion show who are not from the department, said Caitlin Henry, the FGI student chapter president.  

“It’s a pretty eclectic mix,” Henry said. “Students were as creative as they wanted to be.”

Other than a wide range of designs from students, there will also be special designs made with clothing from thrift stores. These outfits had to be purchased for $30 or less.

Much of what FGI has done in the past has been eco-friendly fashion. Reusing and recycling clothing is a key factor in the organization.  

Junior apparel and merchandising major Jessica McNear has six designs in the show and used fabric from antique stores. McNear will be doing an internship this next year and hopes to work in London or the East or West coast.  

Also, there was a 48-hour competition beforehand where students designed and created an original outfit for the fashion show. The theme for the competition is origami.  

Because FGI is a global organization, worldviews of fashion is another key factor.

“I think fashion is universal,” freshman apparel and merchandising major Veretta Anderson said. “There are different trends in each culture, but I think it’s sharing our individualities that is important.”  

Anderson is also a contestant in the 48-hour competition. After graduation, she hopes to travel the world learning about different fashion cultures.

This show in particular will benefit the Falling Whistles, an organization that helps stop the exploitation of child soldiers in the Congo. For every whistle sold at the show, 100 percent of the proceeds will fund the charity.  

Tickets will be sold at the door starting at 6:30 p.m. Tickets cost $6 for students with an ID and $8 for non-students.  

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