Students showcase designs, walk the runway at Threads Fashion Show

Fashion Merchandising and Design students showcased their clothing lines in front of a crowd of roughly 2,000 at the 19th Annual Threads Fashion Show on April 22.

Other than the guidance of faculty adviser Ian Mull, students carried out the planning, production and fundraising for Threads. The work of 26 student designers was worn by more than 100 models on the runway at Finch Fieldhouse.

The purpose of Threads is to give students the opportunity to participate in a professional runway show.

“We channeled influences from New York Fashion Week or a fashion event you might see for retailers,” Mull said. “I try to make it as similar as possible.”

Ithaca senior Carly Coleman, the director of logistics for the show, said participants got to see Finch Fieldhouse as "they have never seen Finch before." She described the setting as “really amped up” with an interior consisting of black curtains and a black runway framed by a chain of lights.

“Finch is an old gym that is kind of worn down, but coming into the show everything (looked) so different,” Coleman said.

After 45 minutes of modeling, the show broke off into a Q&A with fashion consultant and "Project Runway" co-host Tim Gunn.

“This was a fabulous, fabulous show,” Gunn said.

Gunn discussed body shaming in the fashion industry, his experience on “Project Runway” and his thoughts on careers in fashion merchandising and design.

“This industry has no room for crybabies,” Gunn said. “Passion and love are most important."

Before the show, guests viewed the Mounted Expedition, which showcased several pieces of fashion-related artwork designed by students. Pieces included garments, fashion-related paintings, sketches and photographs.

There was also a red carpet photo booth, a merchandise table and an autograph table for special guest, “Project Runway Junior” finalist Isabella Kostrzewa.

Attendees were able to purchase T-shirts and tote bags designed by the Fashion Show Production and Promotion class.

“This year we wanted to revamp the logo and change it up. A mission for this show was to really expand our brand,” Illinois senior Anyce Harvey said. “The design is supposed to be the seven wonders of the world around a circle.”


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