Back for its 15th year, Wayne State's Fashion, Design and Merchandising Organization's annual spring fashion show, Expressions, will showcase the work of fashion designers on April 29.
“We had six designers last year,” said Anastacia Washington, the fashion show coordinator. “This year, there will be a total of 10 confirmed designers. We also have two unconfirmed designers, as well as a Wayne State collaboration section."
In addition to coordinating this year’s show, Washington, a senior double majoring in fashion merchandising and political science with a minor in psychology, will also be modeling for one of the designers.
Khadijah King, a WSU senior majoring in fashion design and merchandizing, with a concentration in appeal, is president of FDMO.
King said she is hoping nine of her pieces will be featured in this year’s fashion show.
“It’s definitely more ready-to-wear,” King said when describing the types of pieces she has created for this year’s show. “It’s going to be about the age group 18 to 24. I’ll have some type of evening wear, but it’s definitely more casual and streetwear.”
She said it typically takes her anywhere from a week to three weeks to create her pieces.
Brooke Irby is FDMO’s secretary and website specialist and third-year member of the organization.
“There is not a theme for the actual show,” Irby said. “But each individual designer usually has their own theme for their collection.”
Irby, who also contributed pieces to last year’s show, said she hopes to contribute at least eight pieces this year. She said the theme of the pieces she is working on is cultural fusion as she is blending African and Hispanic culture into her work.
Washington said the designers normally create their pieces at home, during sewing lab hours at WSU, or in class.
“Typically, the coordinators do not have a say in the types of pieces that are created,” Washington said. “We don’t want to hinder the designers’ creativity in anyway. The only say the coordinator has is making sure that the garment goes through garment check.”
A unique part of the fashion show, separate from the individual collections that the designers put together, is the Wayne State collaboration section.
“The Wayne State collaboration is a starter for students who want to have the fashion show experience, but have yet to learn all of the steps and information in order to create a full collection,” Washington said. “They usually will create one to two pieces.”
Expressions will be held on April 29, on campus at the McGregor Memorial Conference Center with doors opening at 6 p.m. and the show beginning at 7 p.m.
Tickets are $10 for general admission and $20 for VIP. VIP tickets provide attendees with goody bags, backstage passes and front row seats. Tickets are free with a OneCard.