Annual EVIT Fashion Show features 'Artistic Mediums'
Posted on 04/24/2015

Media contact:  CeCe Todd, (480) 461-4032

“Artistic Mediums” is the theme of this year’s EVIT Fashion Show presented by students in the Fashion, Interiors & Textiles program at the East Valley Institute of Technology.  The annual event will be 6 p.m., Thursday, April 30 in the Culinary Arts Banquet Hall at the Dr. A. Keith Crandell (Main) Campus, 1601 W. Main St., Mesa.

Instructor Kim Oleson said 48 first- and second-year students will have garments featured in the show. Ten second-year students will present collections. All of the garments will be modeled by 49 models selected from other EVIT programs.

In addition, there will a collaborative collection of chairs and garments that all use a custom-designed and printed textile. The second-year interior design students designed and produced the chairs, and the fashion students designed and created the garments to coordinate with the chairs. The students worked in pairs or groups of three to design and print their fabric.

The “Artistic Mediums” theme will be carried throughout the designs and collections, featuring sub-themes of painting and sculpture, literature, performing arts and film.

Oleson said the second-year students started working on the printed textile project in October and began designing their collections following that. The first-year students worked on their designs for six weeks beginning in February.

The students’ work will be judged by representatives of the fashion industry, Mesa Community College, FIDM (Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising), and The Art Institutes.  Winners will be awarded scholarships after the show.  Over the years, many of EVIT’s top fashion and interior design students have gone on to prestigious design schools, including the Pratt Institute in New York.

Tickets are still on sale for the fashion show. A front row ticket costs $20, second row is $10, and third row is $5. Proceeds fund the scholarships that are awarded to the top student designers. To purchase tickets, contact Kim Foulger at (480) 461-4142.

The fashion show also involves several other programs at EVIT. Construction students build the stage, Radio/Audio Production students handle the sound, Multimedia students help the fashion students with photos and portfolios, and Video Production students film the event.

EVIT is a career and technical education school with two campuses in Mesa serving high school students and adults who live in 10 East Valley districts – Mesa, Scottsdale, Fountain Hills, Tempe, Apache Junction, Chandler, Gilbert, Higley, Queen Creek and J.O. Combs. EVIT programs are tuition-free for high school students and tuition-based for adults, with financial aid available to those who qualify.

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