BY: LIA GIORDANO
The Fashion Merchandising & Design department at California State University, Long Beach is hosting their 26th annual Campus Couture Fashion Show on Friday, May 9 at 7 p.m., at the Carpenter Performing Arts Center (CPAC) on the CSULB campus. Twenty senior fashion design students are competing and debuting their collections on the runway, to industry professionals who will serve as judges in attendance. The show is directed by six fashion students where they are chosen as a committee to coordinate the planning, promoting and execution of the thriving talented show, at the start of the fall semester through the spring, until the day of the show. With assistance from other fashion students enrolled in the fashion promotion class in the department, they help fundraise, volunteer and promote to accomplish a successful show that keeps growing every year.
The fashion show is the largest student-run event on campus and on the West Coast.
One of the judges this year includes a representative from Project Ethos. They will be presenting the grand prize to one of the 20 designers, which will award the winner the chance to walk during LA Fashion Week hosted by Project Ethos. Another industry professional in attendance will be, Kande Hall, jewelry designer and CEO of French Kande. Others are yet to be confirmed.
Last year, Michael Costello of Project Runway presented an award on stage, which was very exciting for those in attendance, and of course, the designers themselves.
“People should come out to the show because the designers are truly passionate about their lines and have put their everything into this,” Jessica Grffith, Campus Couture Public Relations Coordinator, said.
These talented designers work hard in anticipation of debuting their original collections that will start their successful careers in the fashion industry. Who knows, one day we might see one of their collections hit store racks.
Those who are interested in supporting the show can come out to Panama Joe's on Second Street on April 24 at 8 p.m., and buy a wristband for $5. They can also get two-for-one drinks, and free appetizers for the first hour.
Tickets are on sale now for $25 and will sure sell out fast! Visit their Facebook event page here, for more information.