UNCG Threads to present over 100 new looks on the runway
By: Terry Rader
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro’s 14th Annual Threads Spring Fashion Show will showcase the work of their design students at the Greensboro Marriott Downtown on Saturday, April 13 from 7:30-10 p.m. (Doors open at 7 p.m.) Everyone is welcome to this ticketed event, and all are invited to come early to the silent auction that runs concurrently with the first half of the fashion show. Overall, expect to see 100 new looks designed by 35 student designers and shown by 75 student models.
Consumer apparel and retail studies manager Cassidy S. Burel is proudly carrying her role as president of UNCG Threads Club into her third year in the business retail and fashion design department. Now with over 60 members, the club works in collaboration with other UNCG students to pull this event off.
Burel said that Carrie Coyle founded UNCG Threads in 2006. Threads is a student organization supporting the professional development, creative enrichment and growth for its members in UNCG’s Consumer, Apparel and Retail Studies (CARS) department. Their goal is to create an atmosphere of learning, inspiration, team building and enjoyment. Burel said that they host numerous networking events throughout the year to help CARS and business students find friends, study partners, internships and meet potential employers.
Threads must be doing something right according to www.Fashionschools.org., where UNCG was ranked as No. 27 in the top 15% of all schools considered in the 2018 Top 50 Fashion Design Schools and Colleges in the United States.
“What I like to do most is to create exposure and experience for student fashion designers to get to show their work,” Burel said. “All they have to do is to show up, design and we’ll showcase their work. I’m a designer as well. This is my third show with an award from last year’s show, and I am excited to feature 15 new looks for the spring show.”
Other student officers of Threads include Korin Norton, the vice president of retail; Jennie Seo, VP of design; Zee Lavenhouse, treasurer; Eutasha Harewood, public relations; Zoie Stevenson secretary; Ana Mena historian; Jamie Wheatley, webmaster; Mariah Todd-Judge, event coordinator; and Sorelys Bedoya, fundraising coordinator.
Burel said that the club also depends on UNCG student photographers, the Mystique Modeling Troupe Club for fashion models, and hairstylists from Concepts Salon and other teaching salons to style hair and do make-up. Burel said the students essentially do all of the work.
“It’s a team game, there is no way to do it all by yourself, and it helps everyone learn better relationship skills, as collaboration is a big part of getting anywhere in the fashion industry,” she said.
Burel said the fashion show would kick off and showcase each designer’s Unconventional Challenge to create an entire look made from actual pieces of nature that include moss, rocks, sea grass, leaves sewn together, sticks are woven together and other nature remnants for very abstract pieces modeled on the runway for the judges. This design challenge asks designers to stretch beyond the standard boundaries of how they usually use fabric and are asked to work with more unconventional materials.
“This is a very exciting part of the evening,” Burel said, “as the designers work very hard with things that could die or fall apart while being modeled.”
She said that immediately following the Unconventional Challenge, the Themed Portion of the show displays the designs that are all inspired by nature but not necessarily made out of materials found in nature.
While the pieces are modeled, each designer gets to explain the creativity behind it while a nature photo of what inspired the creation will be projected on the big screen to tie it into a specific nature scene. After this portion is complete, there will be a brief intermission to finalize silent auction bids and the Unconventional Challenge Winners will be announced.
The three winning titles will include Most Creative Design, Best Show Stopper, and Best Use of Materials. The Unconventional Challenge will be judged by Robert Garner, pattern manager at VF Corporation; Derwin Hargrave, Twin City Fashion Week owner/founder; and Acacio Da Silva, master stylist, creative director, colorist, and Aveda ambassador.
The second half of the show will include personal collections of up to four designs for sophomores, up to six designs for juniors and up to eight designs for seniors with a video monologue and a music montage, so that each designer’s personality and individuality is expressed. These collections during the second half do not have to be inspired by nature and could be created from anything the design students have been working on all year. Burel said former collections were inspired by Game of Thrones and Disney princesses.
The 2019 sponsors include Desirable by Amber Nicole, UNCG’s CARS Department, Bryan School of Business, FleetFeet, (Greensboro/Highpoint), Sisters on Tate, Wrangler/VF, Lenny Peters Foundation, Triad Goodwill, Allen Nop Photography, Sun Tan City, Twin City Fashion Week, Bohoblu, Ana Mena, and Dancing Grass Studios.
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April 13, Saturday 7:30-10 p.m. (doors open at 7 p.m.), Greensboro Marriott Downtown, 304 N Greene St., Tickets available at the door and on Eventbrite (all fees included), $10 Student, $20 General, $35 VIP (front row with goody bag).