By Jessica Abbey
Being fashionably late can be cool when you’re hitting the party scene, but students won’t want to be late for this year’s annual Baylor fashion show.
“Pop Couture” is the theme of this year’s show, in which senior apparel design majors will reveal the clothing collections they have worked on throughout the semester.
The show will take place at 3 p.m. May 4 on the fifth floor of Cashion Academic Center.
Dr. Lorynn Divita, associate professor of family and consumer sciences, said the senior show has a practical purpose for the students.
“Being involved with a fashion show gives our seniors the real-world experience of designing and creating a cohesive line, and it gives them a chance to showcase all of their hard work in front of an audience of their family, friends and other admirers,” Divita said.
Santa Cruz, Bolivia, senior Keren Ba said she is designing her collection based on a place very close to her heart.
“I am using my home country Bolivia as my inspiration, so there are a lot of bright colors — reds, greens, yellows, and blues,” Ba said. “When I was trying to find my inspiration for my collection, I kept looking at pictures of what people wear over there and the culture. I really liked how bright it was and the geometric shapes they had on the garments.”
Each senior has a different theme to their collection that will contribute to the overall theme of the fashion show.
“Just like there are icons of music, like Beyonce, we have our own fashion icons — our senior designers — who we plan to celebrate,” Divita said.
The apparel design majors aren’t the only students who will be involved in the fashion show.
Student volunteers will be a part of almost every aspect of the show, including modeling, hair and makeup, music, lights, videography and marketing through fliers and brochures.
Allen junior Kevin Morrison will serve as the DJ for the show. Morrison has been a DJ for many events during his time as a student, such as Greek life events, weddings and proms.
He said the fashion show, however, will be a unique experience for him.
“This is just a new outlet for music that I haven’t explored yet,” Morrison said. “I want it to go exactly how the seniors envisioned the whole show and wrap up their four years here.”
Divita said the show will string together different forms of creativity and art and showcase the talent of apparel design students.
“Art, music, film and literature are all respected categories of the fine arts,” Davita said. “Our show will draw a parallel between these artistic endeavors and show fashion as the art form it can be at the highest level of creativity.”
She said not to wait to purchase tickets, because the show sold out last year, and based on the early response for this year the tickets for this year’s show are expected to sell out even faster than last year.
Alice Starr, first lady of Baylor, said she has already reserved 40 tickets for herself and a group for the kick-off event during the National Museum of Women in the Arts conference.
Tickets are on sale until they run out. They can be purchased at the Bill Daniel Student Center ticket office or at baylor.edu/studentactivitiesticketoffice for $20 each.