By Ashley Pereyra
The Baylor Fashion Show will move to the Cashion Academic Center next month. The family consumer sciences department will host its annual fashion show at 3 p.m. on the fifth floor of Cashion on May 5. The event will showcase collections from nine senior design students and an assortment of pieces from underclassmen.
Sugar Land senior Caleb Thompson has been a part of the show in the past. He said that this year the department is taking the extra step with a circus theme. The show has previously been hosted in Barfield Drawing Room of the Bill Daniel Student Center.
“This year we’re doing things on a lot bigger scale and doing things differently than in the past,” Thompson said. “We have a different space, which presents a lot more challenges.”
Preparations began in fall 2012 with Dr. Lorynn Divita’s fashion forecasting class. This was a change from previous years when the organizing class was Visual Merchandising, Thompson said.
“Visual merchandising is only a class that merchandising students take but forecasting is both design and merch,” Thompson said. “So, that might have an effect on the whole outlook of it since we are able to bring a different perspective than merchandising students.“
The fashion forecasting class last fall came up with overriding theme ideas, stories, music, promotion, color stories, decorations and props, Divita said. Then the class voted for the top three themes. The final vote was at the beginning of the spring semester and all design students were invited, Divita said.
Raleigh, N.C., senior Hannah Maynard is a current student in the fashion forecasting class. She said that the class is currently working on decorations, public relations and accessories such as feathered boas and masks.
“We had Pinterest boards and different things online that everyone pinned ideas for decorations and accessories for models,” Maynard said. “And then we tried to narrow it done from there in the class. Also we discussed ways to advertise and how we can get people from all sorts of departments, not just our own, to watch the show.”
Designers in the show, specifically the senior designers, are not as heavily involved in planning activities.
Austin senior, Kaylyn Smith said the senior designers spend most of their time outside of the planning side of the show. The senior designers take a class with Dr. Mary Simpson lecturer in family and consumer sciences who oversees the progress of their collection. Each collection consists of five looks, Smith said. The class is working on its fourth look. Senior designers are not limited to the circus theme and they have their own theme for their individual collection.
“Within the circus theme of the show, we each have our own collection theme, “ Smith said. “Mine is called secret garden — there is a mod one. One is based on rain. There is a coral-themed one. So we have our own theme and we just have to make it consistent within that. It’s a very individualized kind of semester.”