Friday, August 1, 2014

FACS launch party

The eighth annual Liberty University Department of Family and Consumer Science (FACS) Fashion Show coordinators announced details about the upcoming show at the FACS launch party Wednesday, Oct. 23 in the Reber-Thomas Executive Dining Hall.

Reveal — Fashion show coordinators revealed this year’s theme. Photo credit: Ruth Bibby

Reveal — Fashion show coordinators revealed this year’s theme. Photo credit: Ruth Bibby

According to Fashion Show Director Kristen Goodrich, FACS hosts a fashion show each year. This year, the theme will be “Go Green, Go Glam.” The theme will challenge designers to use unconventional and recycled materials. Final designs must be made up of 60 percent recycled materials, while the remainder of the garments can be comprised of normal materials.

“I really wanted to have a theme this year that forced the designers to think outside of the box of conventional design materials,” Goodrich said. “Also, this theme really gives the designers a chance to show different things that inspire them and incorporate those pieces in their designs. Whether the designer uses recycled newspaper to make the skirt of a dress or an old pairs of jeans to make a denim vest, the sky is the limit for what these designers can do.”

According to Goodrich, there are multiple ways that students can be involved in the show. Students can be designers, models or volunteers. Those who wish to be designers should pick up a Designer Handbook in the FACS Department. Students interested in being models should attend the casting Nov. 13 from 5:30-8 p.m. or Nov. 14 from 5-7 p.m. in DeMoss Hall room 4040. A meeting time for those interested in volunteering will be announced next semester.

The show helps prepare students for future careers in many ways, according to Goodrich. The show demonstrates to designers the importance of deadlines and the consequences involved with missing a deadline.

“This show also gives students incredible portfolio and resume material,” Goodrich said. “From the beginning, we encourage the designers to think of the future. It is our goal that through this show, we can give the designers a leg up on their competition when they leave here and are competing for jobs.”

The fashion show will be held April 12, 2014 at 8 p.m. in the new Schilling Center at Green Hall. Ticket prices will be announced next semester as the show draws closer.

“Students can expect an incredible show,” Goodrich said. “Each year, the show has grown and expanded to become what it is today. Last year’s show, we had (more than) 15 designers and 36 models and drew in a crowd of close to 1,000 (people). It is my goal to make this year’s show continue on the same path of excellence and help it to continue to grow and expand to the point where we surpass last year’s numbers.”

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