Students get FAMEous
Marcus Clem | copy editor
Amid a great cloud of steam cloaking the catwalk, about a dozen student models displayed two unique styles of clothing custom designed by Pittsburg State’s future fashion professionals.
About 40 people attended the show, held in the Crimson and Gold Ballroom on Monday, April 29.
Emily Ballock, invited to the show by a friend, says that it was a display of high fashion in a way that students of PSU can appreciate.
“Obviously, Pitt isn’t a big fashion mecca by any means,” said Ballock, senior in exercise science, “but I think (the show) is great, it brings diversity to PSU and it is something they work hard on all year, so it kinda lets them show off their skills.”
The two clothing lines have been in the works since last semester.
“Retro Vixen,” designed by Alyssa Marsh, junior in fashion merchandising and opera, and “D.I.Y.,” designed by Darryl Holland, sophomore in fashion merchandising and marketing, required months of planning and searching for the right materials, even before show organization began, says Kaela Williams.
“We had a concept and an idea,” said Williams, FAME club president and senior in communication. “As soon as January hit, we met every single week. We took clothes from our parents’ closet, wherever we could find them. We used different techniques to make them modern and crazy cool.”
The “Vixen” line, touted as a tribute to the style of former First Lady of t
he United States Jacqueline Kennedy, combined with the historical image of “Rosie the Riveter,” featured styles from the 1950s, ’60s and ’70s and relied on highly gelled hairstyles to complement the looks of Baby Boom America.
For “D.I.Y.,” Holland says he designed all of his clothes essentially from scratch, relying on his personal belongings, thrift shops and raw materials. His message, he says, is that people can look good in anything if they apply their own personal style.
“A lot of the stuff was mine, so I just used it, but I probably spent about $30,” he said.
The show’s models also had to prepare. Aaron Hayse is a veteran of the stage and says he found it relatively easy to prepare, even though he didn’t have much time, with only one opportunity to rehearse.
“Being on stage is kind of similar to this, actually, because you have to put on this character … you’re not allowed to crack a smile,” said Hayse, junior in vocal performance. “The same goes with acting, there’s just a wider array of emotions. I just had to play this character of a tough guy.”
Abraham Lovell says that the key for him was just ignoring the lights, the steam and other effects, as well as the people lined along the catwalk. He used techniques like counting to know what precisely to do and when.
“I used to do theater growing up so I’m used to being on stage and spotlights and stuff like that,” said Lovell, junior in fashion merchandising.