Athens, Ga. – The College of Family and Consumer Sciences will host the fifth annual Fashion Week from Feb. 22-28, complete with showcases from local boutiques and student designers.
“Fashion Week is a wonderful event that really links the students with both the industry and, most importantly, the Athens community,” said Laura McAndrews, assistant professor in the FACS department of textiles, merchandising and interiors and one of the coordinators of Fashion Week.
McAndrews, along with faculty member Beith Weigle and graduate student Claire McClure, have teamed up with industry and community speakers to create a variety of fashion and merchandising oriented events.
The Student Merchandising Association’s “Framework” fashion show will benefit Peace of Thread, an organization of artisan retailers that employs women in vulnerable populations, while the Fashion Design Student Association fashion show will showcase “visions for the future of fashion” in their show “Premonitions.”
“These shows are completely planned, run by, and, in the case of the FDSA, designed by students,” McAndrews said.
This year’s Fashion Week also marks the debut of some new partnerships.
Entrepreneurs Ashley Steele and Cali Brutz, co-founders of the online bridal boutique Borrowing Magnolia, will kick off Fashion Week with a panel discussion at Dawson Hall.
Borrowing Magnolia, an Athens-based company that launched in 2014, provides an outlet for owners to rent and sell wedding dresses to soon-to-be-brides.
Also, The National Council of Negro women will make an appearance for a hair show, celebrating the evolution of black beauty throughout American history.
Finally, photographer, jewelry designer and UGA graduate student Sam Meacham will moderate a discussion on how vintage clothing contributes to the Slow Fashion movement in a talk called “#TBT Vintage Decoded.”
All speakers involved in the panel discussion are from the Athens vintage circle: Airee Hong, owner of Agora Vintage; Rachel Barnes, local stylist, buyer and designer; and Serra Branyon, vintage dealer, personal stylist and event planner.
Monday, Feb. 22
Borrowing Magnolia panel discussion, Dawson Hall, Room 116, 5-6 p.m.
The Agency Fashion Week kickoff party, Woodford Bar, 9-11 p.m.
Tuesday, Feb. 23
Social Entrepreneurship panels: Elizabeth Huijskens and Chelsie Antos, Trades of Hope©, Chemistry Building, room 430, 11-11:45 a.m. and Miller Learning Center, Room 102, 2-2:45 p.m.
Carter's Recruiting Event, Dawson Hall, Room 312, 5:30-6:30 p.m.
Little Red Book Shopping Party, Location TBA, 6-8 p.m.
Wednesday, Feb. 24
Georgia Soft Goods Board Meeting, Barrow Hall, Room 215, 3-5 p.m.
SMA Fashion Show, “Framework,” The Graduate, Athens, 8 p.m., tickets will be sold at Dawson Hall on Tuesday, February 23.
Thursday, Feb. 25
Panel Discussion: Vintage Decoded, Barrow Hall, room 215, 5-6 p.m.
Friday, Feb. 26
Sunday, Feb. 28
Decades of Beauty: the National Council of Negro Women Hair Show, Tate Grand Hall, 7 p.m., click here for ticket information.
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