By Ashley Pereyra
With fewer than three days until the family and consumer sciences fashion show, McKinney junior Taylor Allen, a volunteer, along with a team of students is working on the final details. The race to the end is here.
This year’s show is at 3 p.m. Sunday on the fifth floor of Cashion Academic Center.
Thursday was a final garment fitting for the show’s 16 female models. The show is to feature a total of 87 garments.
“We have all the preparations for the entertainment, runway, seating, tickets,” Allen said. “Right now it’s just crunch time on the designers—the senior designers and finishing up their collections.”
Longview senior Lauren Dulweber is one of those nine senior designers to showcase their final collections at the fashion show.
“All of us are spending time doing corrections on our garments, making everything look its best for the show and just finishing up last minute projects,” Dulweber said.
Dr. Lorynn Divita, associate professor of family consumer sciences, is one of three professors in charge of the event.
According to Divita, the show will include Baylor students, faculty and staff volunteers across many different departments. Some of them include: Jonatan Lenells, assistant professor in the mathematics department, as a juggler; Lewisville senior Richard Ross as ring master; Lori Fogleman, the director of media relations at Baylor, as announcer and commentator; Saint Louis, Mo., senior Jake Brown as the disc jockey; and Sandy, Utah, junior Christine Strangl as a tight rope walker. There will also be a musical performance by Uproar artist Layne Lynch.
Outside businesses have also joined to put on the event. After the show, fashion show-goers can attend a dessert reception that will be catered by Waco’s Best Yet catering and sponsored by Cotton Incorporated.
Divita said that she feels confident about where the show is at currently.
“It’s a good feeling to know that even if I couldn’t send one more email, the fashion show could go on at this point,” Divita said. “We’ve got it all under control. Little crises may pop up but by and large we’ve got it together.”
While most of the final preparations for the show are set, the show has not been without its crises. As of one week ago, the department didn’t have a runway because of their new location in Cashion, Divita said. The runway in their old location, Barfield Drawing Room in the Bill Daniel Student Center, could not be moved. They had to look for a new runway, but even that had its difficulties.
“Because of our new location, the standard runways, 8 feet by 4 feet, don’t fit into the elevators of Cashion,” Divita said. “So that was a problem and we had to scramble to find a vendor that had four foot by four foot staging for the runway.”
A runway was found for the show. Divita said that the floor could have been used if they had been unable to find a vendor but that wouldn’t have been preferable.
Tickets to the fashion show are still on sale. They can be bought at the ticket office in the Student Union Building from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. through Friday.
Next year’s fashion show date has already been set for May 4, 2014.