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NMSU fashion show to include original designs

While many students at New Mexico State University are preparing for finals, some are preparing for a fashion show that will take at 4 p.m. Dec. 3rd in Gerald Thomas Hall Room 330 on the NMSU campus.

A student stands with hand on hip as she models a gray reversible dress.
New Mexico State University Student Jamila Hull models a reversible dress designed by fellow student Amato "Love" Vasquez at an NMSU fashion show in 2010. (Photo by Donyelle Kesler)

This is the second year that the annual fashion show put on by the Student Association of Fashion Merchandising and Marketing (SAFMM) will include ready-to-wear items from local stores as well as clothing that is designed by students.

"I can't wait to see everything come together and show people what we've been working on," said Katelyn Worley, president of SAFMM.

Students who are taking classes in advanced apparel construction and experimental apparel will showcase their work alongside designs from local stores like Rue 21 and Kohl's. The show will include men's and women's attire as well as some accessories designed by students.

"They get hands-on experience by producing their own pieces under deadline pressure," said Roselyn Smitley, an NMSU professor of family and consumer sciences. "The students produce the show and work with their peers and professionals. It can be a real hair-raising experience especially when they have to work on last minute details."

Miniature doll-sized designs will also be on display at the fashion show. According to Worley, working on a smaller scale is a good way for students to practice techniques like decorative stitching, beading and lace-making without having to use a lot of fabric.

"The fashion show will be a good way for people to see local talent," Worley said. "All the students work really hard and we hope to get a chance to connect with the community."