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Students to strut their style for fashion week

By Abbey Gingras
On April 21, 2014

Each spring, Miami University students can take part in a fashion show put on by the Miami University Club of Fashion and Design (MUCFD). This year, the show promises to be bigger and better than ever with events from April 28 to May 2, ending with the largest fashion show to date on May 3.

"I'm very excited that this is our biggest show yet, we've elevated it a lot from previous years," junior Abbey Bonadies said. "We're trying hard to compete with fellow programs like DAAP, and we want to make it less of a club event and more of a Miami experience for all students."

Bonadies, who is in charge of marketing and public relations for MUCFD has been working hard to promote the show on social media and around campus with posters. The goal, she said, is to let as many students as possible know about the show.

To give students chances to experience various elements of a real fashion week, MUCFD has put together events for each day leading up to the show. This year, fashion week includes a trunk show April 30 in the Farmer School of Business Commons. It also features a presentation by former MUCFD president and current designer at Milly, Nikki Martinkovic.

"Every year, our program grows larger, especially with the new fashion minor," senior Elise Masquelier, Design Director for MUCFD, said. "So each year the show becomes more professional and more developed as far as contacts and connections. Its great to better ourselves each year and have the show reflect that growth."

With the production growing larger and more professional each year, coordination of the event can be difficult at times.

"It has been very challenging, struggling with getting our show date in February instead of November," senior and President of MUCFD Chelsea Hupp said. "Without the date and venue we couldn't really plan anything except tentatively. There is so much that goes into the event, and the added pressure of the university and sponsors watching us makes the show high stakes. Changing so much in one year is hard because we don't have time to do trial and error. However, come show night, all of the challenges we've faced will be extremely rewarding."

To see the event come together in person, students can purchase pre-sale tickets for $12 online or $15 at the door of the event. Silver and Gold VIP tickets are also available for purchase for those who want to get closer to the action

"We've already accomplished so much this year that we have a lot to live up to," Hupp said. "But I think we'll leave the audience impressed."

The show will be held 7- 9 p.m. May 3 in Millet Hall.

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