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It’s Show Time During Mom’s Weekend

Dresses for fashion show

The end of the semester is fast approaching, but before it ends, Mom’s Weekend begins. This year the campus is abuzz with events for moms and their children with new events lined up.

The College of Agricultural and Life Sciences is pairing its wine- and cheese-tasting event with “Shimmer Nights,” the first International Textile and Apparel Association fashion show to highlight student work in the School of Family and Consumer Sciences clothing, textile and design program.

“We’re really excited for this,” says Susan Torntore, clothing, textile and design faculty and adviser to the International Textile and Apparel Association’s student chapter. “It’s going to be a great experience for our students in the show and for those who are attending the show.”

The show is sponsored by the association student chapter and will feature student pieces prepared for class or designed on their own.  One of the featured projects is a skirt pattern; students were asked to take a plain skirt pattern and redraft it to incorporate style elements.

“They’re all different,” says Torntore. “It’s great to see how each student had a different take on the pattern.”

She adds the show will offer ensembles styled with hair and make up for a complete look, where students will either wear their own creations or use models.

The show also will offer pieces from more advanced classes and parts of collections students design in the capstone class to incorporate their creativity and design.  Show items include a hand-knit dress made from up-cycled yarn adorned with pearls and formal wear that incorporates peacock feathers. Another unique item to look for is a garment created from used coffee filters.

“We have some serious, top-level work going into this show,” says Torntore. “We’ve got a really wide range of pieces too.”

In addition, a student display of class work and design panels will be incorporated into the show. With a chance to show off student work and help them gain experience, Torntore says the show is something the ITAA club hopes will continue in the future and that the show will be juried in the future.

“This is an experience that really gives our students a better working knowledge of the industry and allows them to build their resume,” says Torntore. “We’re really trying to give our students as much industry experience as possible.”

The fashion show runs from 5 – 6 p.m., April 15, in the Student Union Building Borah Theater. Cost is $8 for students, $10 for general admission. Tickets can be purchased in 103 Niccolls or at the Mom’s Weekend Registration Booth (SUB) on Friday from 3-5 p.m.

The Wine and Cheese Tasting, sponsored by CALS Ambassadors and University of Idaho Dairy Club, will be held after the fashion show from 6 – 9 p.m. in the Student Union Building Silver and Gold room and Appaloosa Lounge. The event includes five tastings, cheese and Vandal Sausage, accompanied by a silent auction. Cost is $16 for one ticket, $30 for two tickets at the door.

For a full list of events for Mom’s Weekend events, check out the Mom’s Weekend website: www.uidaho.edu/momsweekend