CSU presents ‘Elemental’ show featuring student fashions

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Editor’s note: The photos above were taken at the event by CSU photographer John Eisele and added after this piece was posted.


Experience the fusion of nature and humans in fashions at the CSU Fashion Show “Elemental” at the Lincoln Center in Fort Collins on Friday, April 1, at 7:30 p.m.

FashionShowAThis one-night-only event, presented by the Department of Design and Merchandising, highlights 22 collections created by graduating apparel design students in an unforgettable full-stage theatrical production. Forty-eight models will feature 106 exquisite garments produced during the designers’ academic careers, involving everything from sketching and pattern-making to garment construction. It is a showcase of diverse collections, including children’s wear, men’s wear, contemporary design and bridal fashions.

Other collections

“Elemental” will also feature two plus-size collections, including one by designer Emily Petiya, who currently interns with plus-size women’s-wear designer AnnaFesta of Denver. In addition, the fashion show will include a collection from Matthew Martinez, currently interning with Public School in New York City. His collection features beautiful handcrafted shibori textiles shown in contemporary men’s and women’s wear.

FashionShowGEach year the theme for the fashion show is selected by the prior year’s students. The notion of “Elemental” represents both the great beauty and the tumultuous unpredictability of our world. The theme came from fashion forecasting research on WGSN, a global trend forecasting service. Proceeds from the fashion show support WGSN educational resources for CSU students.


Tickets to “Elemental” range from $10 to $25, depending on the desired seating level. VIP tickets are also available for $50, giving patrons access to premium seating, cocktails, a silent auction and hors d’oeuvres prior to the show. The VIP reception begins at 5:30 p.m.

The fashion show is planned, produced and promoted by a class of students in the Fashion Show Production and Event Planning class. The students work together in committees to secure sponsorships to fund the show and manage a budget to plan every detail, creating a cohesive, entertaining and successful event. The full stage production requires theatrical set building and lighting and the coordination of more than 40 models.

The Department of Design and Merchandising is part of the College of Health and Human Sciences at Colorado State University. It provides fashion students the skills to succeed in the apparel industry. Each year the department hosts the fashion show to bridge the gap between education and profession for design students. For more information visit www.dm.chhs.colostate.edu, or purchase tickets at www.lctix.com. Follow the Fashion Show on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.

Student Fashion Show organizers recently hosted a photo booth event on the plaza in front of the Lory Student Center to promote the April 1 show.