From an effort that started over a year ago, the Silhouette’s Fashion Show is finally here. The fashion show is an annual organization comprised of the University of Wisconsin-Stout’s apparel design students, who came up with the themes, designs and outfits for the show.
“They’ve had shows for the past 30-40 years and each year it gets bigger and bigger in production values,” said Assistant Professor Kathy Kujawa, who has been working on the show for 12 years now. “The apparel major was one of the first programs here at Stout, so the fashion show has been going on for a long time.”
The show is made up of student’s personal designs; some outfits are from designers working on their own time while others are designs from a class project. This year there are over 60 designers in the show, 20 of which are seniors who are in the show with their final collections, which is required before they graduate. The show has its own alumni judges and this year one works for Target, one works for Kohl’s and another worked for Christopher Banks.
This year, the theme of the show is Glow, where the final walk of the show will be made up of glow in the dark outfits. The show is made up of several committees that decided on the theme by following several trends and deciding that glow in the dark is very big in Europe right now, so they decided to try it.
The show also features several different types of clothing, from bathing suits to active wear, and from snowboarding clothes to wedding gowns. There are over 100 outfits. Both the designers and the models are UW-Stout students.
“The most important part of the show is being able to showcase the students’ work,” said Audre Schwingel, one of the three coordinators running the show. “Everyone should come out and support our program. It is a great way to support the designers and the models, too.”
This year the show is being held in the Memorial Student Center (MSC) in the Great Hall. Last year, the show was held in Jarvis due to the remodeling of the MSC. The return to the Great Hall means that more people can attend and that ticket prices have dropped drastically.
There are shows on Thursday, May 3 at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. and on Saturday, May 5 at 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. There is also an awards ceremony on Saturday following the show, where more than 15 different awards will be given out, including Apparel Design student of the year. Thursday is the student show, where tickets are $8 for students and $6 if you live on campus. Saturday’s shows are open to the public; the 3 p.m. show is $12 and the 5 p.m. show is $15.