Thursday, April 24, 2014

Fashion on display

Students at Liberty University will showcase their talents through the Family and Consumer Science’s seventh annual fashion show starting at 8 p.m. April 13 in the New Schilling Center, with doors opening at 7:30 p.m.

Liberty students will take on their peers in the “Project Hollywood: A Glamorous Encore” fashion show.

According to the Liberty website, “All fashion garments are designed and constructed by Liberty University students.”

“The show is a great opportunity to show the community what the students are capable of,” Ruth Bibby, the fashion show’s director, said.

According to Bibby, many Hollywood classics will be represented at the fashion show.

“I wanted the theme to be relevant to the audience, models and designers,” Bibby said. “I wanted something that would relate to everyone.”

Mercy Weston, one of Liberty’s student designers, chose to base her designs on the film “Alice in Wonderland” because she has always had an interest in films with a whimsical nature.

“I have loved all the renditions of that movie — the colors and the imagination that go into developing the characters,” Weston said. “For my pieces, I wanted to explore more than just the aesthetic qualities of the character, and I delve into the light and darkness within each of them.”

According to Weston, this is her first fashion show, and she is excited to see the results of her hard work.

“This is my first time designing anything,” Weston said. “For a first-time venture, designing this is exciting and nerve-racking.”

According to Bibby, this year, the show supports the non-profit charity Threads of Hope. Based out of the Philippines, the charity supports free trade in local communities.

“It will be a night full of food, prizes and fashion,” Bibby said. “Saturday will definitely be a time where fashion design students can get their name out there and begin to be recognized by the community for their talent.”

Tickets are sold at the Vine Center box office and are $5 in advance or $7 at the door.

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