By Katie Weitkamp/Around&About editor
Still perfecting the models’ walk, the apparel design and merchandising 339 class is working on last minute tasks to make this Monday’s fashion show something everyone one campus can enjoy.Freda Orttenburger teaches the class, and this will be her third fashion show at Eastern.
“This is their (the students’) show, not mine,” Orttenburger said. “I’m really proud of what they’ve been able to accomplish.”
The class was split into three groups to put the show together and show all aspects of what it would really take to put on a fashion show. Shannon Winn said the fashion show is used to illustrate the principles of fashion merchandising.
Winn and classmates Erin Merman and Jerry Copenhaver also enjoy the class, even though they meet for four hours in class and several hours out of class to plan for the production. All three classmates agree the class teaches them a lot more than it would if it were just a lecture every class meeting.
“This is very much a group-oriented class,” said Kristy Isaacs, an apparel merchandising senior from Irvine. “Everything is left up to the class with what they want to do.”
The semester-long project will hit the stage at 7 p.m. Monday in the Keen Johnson Ballroom. Included in the fashion show are clothes from Guess, Goody’s, J. Crew, Express, Express for Men, Little House, Zebra Lounge, Dawahares, American Eagle and other local stores.
The clothes are borrowed from stores that target the college-age range. Students in the clothing and model group are required to pick out clothes and find models to wear them. The models will put them on for the first time the day of the fashion show; however, they were previously fitted for the clothes they will wear.
Some students have had experience in fashion shows before. Copenhaver has worked on several fashion shows in her hometown of Somerset. However, this fashion show will be different because it will be based more on clothing while shows in Somerset were based on overall look, including hair and makeup.
The third group is the location and set design. This group is in charge of where the set will be and what it will look like. The set must reflect the themes of the show: Perfect Prints, Think Pink, Lux for a Day and Retrospecs.
During the show, door prizes will be given away. Prizes include certificates to restaurants, hair salons, tanning beds, day spas, car shops and dress shops, all of which were donated to the class for the fashion show.
Two models for the show, Corey Pritchard, a junior economics major from Louisville, and Andre Williams, a freshman statistics major from Atlanta, are both nervous and excited about walking down the runway.
“I’m a little nervous, but it seems like it’ll be fun,” Williams said.
During Monday night’s practice, models were learning to walk, pivot and turn, announcers were learning to pace themselves while reading descriptions of clothing and all students were getting excited about the show.