Gustafson unveils ‘FGI Pop Art Fashion Show’

photo of Tony Frank dress
One of the pieces in the show features the visage of CSU President Tony Frank.

The Colorado State University student chapter of Fashion Group International (FGI) is kicking off “FGI Pop Art Fashion Show: Gallery Exhibition” on Friday, Dec. 5, featuring the best looks from the FGI Recycled Fall Fashion Show.

The exhibition will be open until April 10. An opening reception for the exhibit will be held from 4 to 5 p.m. on Dec. 5 at the Gustafson Gallery, in room 318 of the Gifford Building, 502 W. Lake St.

The student chapter of FGI, located in the Department of Design and Merchandising in the College of Health and Human Sciences, held its annual recycled fashion show on Nov. 15 in the LSC Ballroom. Titled “Pop Couture: Off the Canvas and Onto the Runway,” the theme for the show was pop art. Many of the recycled garments were created by students in Dr. Diane Sparks’ AM 130 Design Foundations class, who used a variety of recycled materials to demonstrate their understanding of the principles and elements of design. Original, non-recycled garments created by students in the Department of Design and Merchandising were also included in the show. The winning looks in each category, as well as the garments selected for the gallery exhibit, were determined by faculty vote.close-up photo of Tony Frank dress

Fashion Group International is a global, nonprofit professional group with a mission to help its members become more effective in their careers by offering insights on trends and access to business professionals.

“Featuring pieces in the Gustafson Gallery is an excellent opportunity to appreciate the construction, creativity and innovation found in these recycled and unconventional garments,” said Nina Mascheroni, a member of FGI who is curating the gallery exhibit. “We’re really excited to showcase these looks to the students, faculty, and staff at CSU!”

The Gustafson Gallery is part of the Avenir Museum of Design and Merchandising, featuring collections of historically and culturally significant objects. Collections are used for teaching, research, and interpretive exhibitions. The Avenir Museum’s main location is in the University Center for the Arts, located at 1400 Remington Street.

The Gustafson Gallery is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. The gallery is open to the public, and admission is free.