Dec 022010
Authors: Lianna Salva

There is only one place you would see spiky sleeves, origami dresses and translucent lace jackets: the winter Fashion Group International, FGI, fashion show, “Behind the Seams.”

Thursday night at the Sunset Event Center in Old Town, 35 student models showcased the designs of 24 students from the Department of Design and Merchandising.

Sophomore apparel and merchandising major Joel Lobo included two designs, both inspired by the combination of metal and lace.

“I love the creativity and the diversity,” Lobo said.

The most challenging part of being a designer in this show, as well as the fashion industry, is keeping that creativity while also keeping the competitive nature going, Lobo added.

Lobo also modeled one of his own designs, a black lace jacket with leather sleeves and a silver metal zipper.

The theme of showing the chaos of the fashion industry in “Behind the Seams” took model and freshman human development and family studies major Kayla Balciar, by surprise.

“It’s pretty crazy, but the rush is very exciting,” Balciar said.

The show featured three different competitions, including general submission, 48-hour design and dress-for-less.

Balciar was the model of freshman designer and apparel and merchandising major Veretta Anderson, who also won the 48-hour competition with her origami-themed dress.

Designers were given 48 hours to make an outfit based off the origami theme.

The dress-for-less competition was won by junior apparel and merchandising major Stacey Cowan. This competition required designers to shop local thrift stores for articles of clothing that totaled to $30 or less.

The general submission competition, which had the most modeled designs, was won by junior apparel and merchandising major Jessica McNear.

This category allowed designers to create any type of clothing.

McNear studied abroad in France where a professor taught her how to achieve a puffy sleeve look that won her the competition.

All three winners of the competitions won $100 gift certificates to the Outlets at Loveland. The Outlets also provided gift bags for audience members.

The Sunset Event Center was packed with CSU students and faculty, as well as parents of designers and Fort Collins residents.

With the cheering from the audience, the flashes from multiple cameras and the fierce attitudes of the models, it felt like stepping into an episode of “America’s Next Top Model.”

The CSU student chapter of FGI provides workshops for its members, self esteem workshops for young girls through Dove and a spring fashion show in addition to the winter show.

In addition to volunteering in the community, FGI helps global non-profits, such as the Falling Whistles organization.

Falling Whistles helps fight the exploitation of child soldiers in the
Democratic Republic of Congo. For each whistle sold, all proceeds go toward
rehabilitation programs for the children.

Staff writer Lianna Salva can be reached at

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