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Do the Katwalk; Eco-logic 2012 theme

A student modeling an outfit in “Altered Appearance,” Katwalk 2010.
A student modeling an outfit in “Altered Appearance,” Katwalk 2010.
Photo by Efong Chang ’13.

How are young fashion designers reinventing what we wear? Come find out at Katwalk 2012, the annual fashion show at St. Catherine University.

The event — produced by students in apparel design and visual merchandising classes in cooperation with the Family, Consumer and Nutritional Sciences Club — will be held on Saturday, May 12, at 7:30 p.m. in The O’Shaughnessy.

This year’s theme is “Eco-logic,” and it’s a play off the sustainability and responsibility trend — an important focus of St. Kate’s apparel design and fashion merchandising programs, which are part of the School of Business and Leadership.

Katwalk 2012 will showcase original work by 40 students at all levels of academic study, including graduating seniors. All apparel design seniors will present their collection as the culminating work of their time at St. Kate’s. Each student was responsible for every aspect of her garment, which includes sketching, drafting patterns, draping muslins and construction.

“Katwalk is a learning experience for our students,” says Trudi Landgren, assistant professor of family, consumer and nutritional sciences. “It shows them some ways of marketing fashion. It’s also a very traditional and public way of showing off their hard work.”

Each student enrolled in St. Kate’s fashion merchandising and apparel design courses this spring will have a hand in the show. For example, students in the “visual merchandising and trend analysis” class will help with staging and set-up.

“Katwalk is their show,” Landgren adds. “We set some parameters, but the students come up with what they want to do. This fashion show is a chance for us to see new ideas from young designers.”

According to City Pages: “If you're a connoisseur of local fashion design, you surely know that college fashion shows are great places to scout out and identify fresh young designers whose wares/wears will likely be hot ticket items in the local boutiques come next season. And year after year St. Catherine University has been one to watch, having churned out a number of pretty amazing designers that have made names for themselves locally and beyond.”

Katwalk is open to the public. General admission is $15 ($10 for students) and tickets are available at The O’Shaughnessy box office.

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Jan. 24, 2012 by Pauline Oo

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