Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Fashion/Apparel Construction rocks Sewing and Stitchery Expo

On Sunday, Feb. 28, about 20 people modeled garments crafted by Bates' Fashion Construction and Apparel Construction students. The Sewing and Stitchery Expo, held at the Puyallup Fair and Events Center, is billed as the largest, most comprehensive, trade industry and sewing event in the nation.

Fashion Construction instructor Ryliss Bod says
the Expo challenged students in the Fashion Construction and Apparel Construction programs to create garments between last year's Expo and this year's Expo. The student designers chose to use their own original design or commercial or independent patterns. Students either modeled their own garments or had others model their garments. Hair stylists from Seattle's Seven salon and a professional make-up team, led by Urban Decay/Smashbox make-up artist  Fredric Perry, created looks for the models to complement their garment.

"I was told by JoAnne Ross, program chair, Ann Sagawa, Washington State University consumer educator manager and Rita Faro, Sewing & Stitchery Expo newsletter editor, the top three people at Expo, that our student show was the best and most fun to watch of all the fashion shows at Expo, including the professional shows," says Ryliss. "Ann said the show was the best of all the fashion shows shown at the Expos, not just this last Expo!"

Elvis impersonator Marcia Marcy, a Fashion Construction extended learning student who placed fifth in Seattle's 13th Annual Elvis Invitationals, treated the audience to a special performance. Marcia created her costume and performed Elvis' Jailhouse Rock.

"Being part of the Bates “Morning, Noon and Night” fashion show at the Sewing Expo was a wonderful experience," she boasts Fashion Construction student Jane Hawkins. "It was very much like being part of an industry event. Garments had to be completed by a certain date to be entered into the juried portion of the selection process. Students were involved in every part of the planning process from organizing the runway music, to filling the swag bags, to directing models on their walk down the runway," says Jane. "It was a collaborative process and the success of the show was an amazing reward. What a pleasure to show so many sewing enthusiasts what we are doing at Bates."

About the Expo
The annual Sewing and Stitchery Expo draws people from as far away as Spain and Australia for style shows, seminars and shopping opportunities. Approximately 400 vendors exhibit the latest in fabrics, notions, machines, quilting techniques and resources. Industry-leading experts conduct over 100 seminars, style and stage shows over the Expo's four-day run.