Looking for innovative fashion design? Forget Paris, Milan or New York, because on Saturday, April 21 at 8 p.m., the Great Hall in the University of Wisconsin-Stout Memorial Student Center will host the annual Fashion Without Fabric event.
Over 150 students from the three-dimensional design art course have created 74 outfits to go down the runway.
While this is an annual event, new students are enrolled in the course, bringing new ideas to the catwalk. Each show has its own theme; this year’s [theme] is “Virtue and Vices.”
“The theme is decided by the professors at the beginning of the spring semester,” said Sara Koller, Fashion Without Fabric student coordinator. “The students each interpret it differently, depending on what they think is a virtue or a vice.”
Envisioning a fashion event without fabric may seem like a challenge to the average student, but these Art and Design students bring their creativity to the stage.
“Students create really elaborate pieces,” said Koller. “This year there are some really crazy designs. One outfit is made of shattered mirrors and another utilizes a table.”
Koller enjoys the event so much that she has been involved with it for several years.
“I designed an outfit for the fashion show when I was a sophomore and was the coordinator’s assistant the next year,” said Koller.
Student designers work on their creations for months, but Koller feels the day of the fashion show is where students see their visions become realities.
“I love going to the show and seeing the students the day of the event,” said Koller. “There is so much energy and it is fun seeing the students go down the runway. It is such a new experience for them and I love seeing their reactions.”
Doors open at 7 p.m., and the Fashion Without Fabric show begins at 8 p.m. on Saturday, April 21. Koller says to expect a high-energy show, complete with spectacular lights and music. UW-Stout alumnus Dave Hannigan will DJ the event.
The public is encouraged to purchase tickets in advance at tickets.uwstout.edu. The cost is $6 for students, $7.50 for faculty and staff and $10 for the general public.
The proceeds from the event go to a scholarship fund for students in the Art and Design department.