Ty’ Shae’ Cousar
The consumer, apparel and retail studies (CARS) department’s Threads fashion club at UNCG is presenting its 13th annual spring fashion show “Under the Seam” on April 7.
Every year the Threads club chooses a new theme to present to its audience. Last year’s theme was a celebration of the CARS department’s 100th year at UNCG. The collections were themed as centennial, meaning the designers could create looks ranging from the early 1900s to the present day. This year’s quirky theme is “Under the Seam,” and is inspired by the sea.
“Designers are to create collections with water, beach or coastal inspiration, but it is up for interpretation for the designers,” said Kathleen Ferrell, the public relations director of Threads and a rising junior, who will be a designer in this year’s fashion show.
The designers of this year’s show are the CARS majors who are sophomores, juniors and seniors. All students at UNCG are welcome to participate in the club, but only CARS majors can design collections for the show. Freshmen are also not able to design for the show. However, both non-Threads club members and Threads club members are the models for the event.
CARS majors have requirements when it comes to designing clothing for the fashion shows. How many looks one can do is based on their classification and the apparel product design.
“The maximum amount of looks sophomores can do is four collections,” Ferrell said. “But, for the ‘Under the Seam’ portion they can create as many looks they desire.”
If the designer chooses, they can also create as many unconventional collections as they want to compete in the unconventional design competition that is included in the fashion show. Unconventional collections are designs created with recycled materials such as plastics, aluminum, paper and more.
Just like in every production, there are always easy going people who are getting their hands dirty to put together a perfect show. Lindsay Sharpe, a senior, is the president of the Threads club and puts everything together. Stephanie Shaneyfelt, who is a senior and a designer in the fashion show, is the vice president of design, making sure that the venue looks perfect for the event. They handle the lights, music and stage formatting to put together an exciting show.
Our talented CARS students have worked so hard to make this event possible. There are students who have spent so much time in making sure their masterpieces are faultless and flawless. These students make sure to perfect their collections and ensure to put on an incredible fashion show for their fellow Spartans.
Threads has two fashion shows every year — one in the fall semester and one in the spring semester. The fall semester’s proceeds goes to breast cancer awareness, while the spring semester’s proceeds funnel back to the club.
With all of that being said, please be sure to purchase your tickets online at the Threads Facebook page. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the show starts at 7:30 p.m. The fashion show will take place at the Marriott Hotel downtown at 304 N Greene St. Greensboro, North Carolina.
Tickets are on sale now, and cost $10 for students, $20 for general admission and $30 for VIP. VIP ticket members get front row seating and a goodie bag, or a “swag” bag, filled with gifts from sponsors provided under the event-goer’s seat. The VIP tickets are almost sold out, so get them while you can. Also, remember to bring a printed copy of your ticket to the event.
If you have ever wanted to see a live fashion show, then this is a night you do not want to miss. Please feel free to bring your friends and family out to have a good time and enjoy the unique fashion collections that these hardworking students have created.