THREADS’ annual fashion show gives UNCG fashion design students a chance to show off their creations. This year’s show will also make a young girl’s dream come true.
The 6th annual show, “Under the Influence: Art, Music and Cinema in Fashion,” hits the runway Friday, March 18, at 8 p.m. This year marks the event’s debut on campus, in Cone Ballroom, EUC. Doors open at 7 p.m.
“We expect to sell out,” says Kerrie Rogers, THREADS president. “We moved the show from the Cultural Arts Center downtown to campus this year because of demand.”
Previous shows were spread over two nights to accommodate attendees. Cone Ballroom offers a 550-seat capacity, Rogers says, and a chance to draw more UNCG students in addition to parents and people working in the fashion industry.
THREADS is a networking and social organization for UNCG’s Consumer, Apparel and Retail Studies students. The group, which began with five members, now boasts 78 active members, Rogers says.
THREADS members will model all clothes in the show, with the noted exception of 12-year-old Hannah Payne. Hannah, who turns 13 the week of the show, was born with spina bifida. She dreams of becoming a fashion model – a dream that will come true March 18 thanks to the Make-A-Wish Foundation and THREADS.
Hannah will be pretty in pink, modeling a tulle ball gown and a pink-and-green dress inspired by Lilly Pulitzer. THREADS members designed and made the gowns, which are Hannah’s to keep after the show.
“The show should be a nice birthday present for Hannah,” Rogers says.
Rogers, a senior, has taken part in three previous THREADS fashion shows. She says the shows provide valuable and practical experience for CARS students.
“It gives us an opportunity to showcase our work to peers and industry professionals,” Rogers says. “These are lessons we, as students, can take with us.”
“Under the Influence” explores the influences of the arts in fashion. Plan to see original clothes inspired by the likes of “Breakfast at Tiffany’s,” pop artist Andy Warhol and Brit rock band Muse.
Also new this year, Reed Benjamin of WUAG, UNCG’s student-run radio station, will deejay the show.
Funds go toward funding the annual fashion show, covering costs of field trips, and paying for social events.
Buy tickets at the box office in the EUC, or online at http://www.uncg.edu/euc/boxoffice/.
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By Michelle Hines.
Photograph by Erica Payne.