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Fashion Merchandising, Design Students to Present Annual Campus Couture Fashion Show on Friday

The 26th annual California State University, Long Beach (CSULB) Campus Couture Fashion Show will take place on Friday, May 9, beginning at 7 p.m., in the campus’ Carpenter Performing Arts Center. Tickets for the event are $20.

Considered the largest student-led fashion event on the West Coast and run by students who plan and execute the show, the event features senior designers who each showcase on the runway the six-to-eight piece collections they have worked on throughout the fall and spring semesters; junior designers will have the opportunity to present one of their designs.

“Our students do a great job on the fashion show and it has grown a lot, but it can only grow so much because we only have 24 students each year who are design students,” said Suzanne Marshall, who joined CSULB in 1986. She is the director of CSULB’s fashion merchandising and design program while also serving as the faculty advisor who works closely with the student coordinators throughout the year on the show. “This is a great showcase for them, of course, and many individuals put in a great amount of work to make it a success.”

The five categories seniors cover with their designs are draping; computerized flat pattern; knits; reclaimed, where a designer turns a previously worn garment into something else while retaining one recognizable element; and couture techniques, where a designer creates a garment as if working for a well-known designer while using many hand sewing techniques.

The judges this year include Kande Hall, owner of French Kande; Eugenie Grey, style blogger of Feral Creature; Charlene Pack, a CSULB alum and designer for Sanrio Inc.; Lauren Bojorquez, CSULB alum and fashion account manager at 24 Seven; and CSULB alum Brianne Bear from Project Ethos. Bear will present the grand prize for best collection and the winner will have the opportunity to show at LA Fashion Week with Project Ethos.

This year’s Campus Couture student committee includes head coordinator Naomi Link, assistant coordinator Cathy Garcia, design liaison Alexis Gibson, public relations coordinator Jessica Griffith, fundraising coordinator Hala Najd and industry liaison Star Jeries.

“Campus Couture provides the fashion merchandising and design program with some amazing industry connections and experiences that, as students, we will carry with us for the rest of our life,” said Griffith. “We are so lucky to have this opportunity and are excited to share with our peers what we have been working all year long for.”

For additional information or tickets e-mail Jessica Griffith.