On Saturday, April 9, a fashion show was produced by students in the Textiles and Apparel Program at University of Northern Iowa entitled “Midnight in Manhattan,” and showcased clothing projects they have been working on this semester. As many students produced multiple pieces, audience members were able to see the end results of their hard work.
After a few words from a club that partnered with the textiles department called Love Your Melon, the show quickly commenced and one by one, student models came out with pieces that the class members created in three separate segments or themes. The three corresponded with the theme of New York with titles of areas of the state such as “Harlem,” “Soho,” and “Upper East Side.” As models walked down the runway, upbeat tunes played to set the mood. “Uptown Girl,” by Billy Joel and “Empire State of Mind,” by Jay Z were among the many songs played.
Lang Hall was the location of the show and has been for at least the last 15 years. To see the auditorium catering to the show’s needs, was interesting because many events are held there regularly such as BASIC’s worship nights, Varsity Men’s Glee Club shows, speakers, films and of course, regular daily classes. The main catwalk had a raised platform to give the models a bit more height and each posing/stopping point was clearly marked with a mark of tape.
Following the showing of all three segments, there was a time to thank all of the students who worked dedicatedly on these projects in addition to a shout out to the printmaking technology that the designers used. After this happened, each got the chance to walk out with the models that were wearing their designs.
To finish the night, the executives in charge were brought out to the main stage and were recognized for their hard work and were given potted flower plants by the department which some might think as unconventional. Jordan Caruso, Textiles Student and Fashion Show executive team member says, “There were only a few mishaps with loss of models the week of and some lighting problems during the show, but other than that, I believe everything turned out great. Everyone was very pleased with how the show came together this year and we had a great turnout!”
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