The runway was rocked on Thursday and Saturday, April 20 and 22, at the 2017 Student Spring Fashion Show of WEAR – the fashion design club at the University of Wisconsin–Stout. Featuring everything from formal wear to pajamas, the fashion show ran some of the best student work that the Apparel Design and Development program has to offer.
WEAR member Anne Cops (a senior in the Apparel Design program) reveals that, “as an org, we are really working towards the show throughout the year,” adding that, “What I like about our program is that you can make a design and then go through the process of creating it and eventually seeing it on the runway.”
WEAR club president Alyssa Lostetter (also a senior in the Apparel Design program) says that “the spring show has come a long way over the past several years, and every year it just keeps getting better and better.”
One detail that separated this year’s show from those in the past was a change from the conventional layout of the runway. Explaining this change, Alyssa noted that “instead of a straight catwalk, we have a sort of maze running through the audience leading up to the catwalk. In effect, it’s sort of like everyone has a front row seat, as it offers people more of a chance to see the garments.”
In addition to WEAR’s spring fashion show, WEAR also puts on a fall fashion show that showcases garments from stores in the community. Besides these fashion shows, some of WEAR’s other activities include industry trips, seminars by guest speakers, fabric shopping in the Twin Cities as well as sustainability clothing sales and résumé nights.
When asked what kinds of people should consider joining WEAR, Alyssa replied, “Anyone is welcome…WEAR’s mission is to build a supportive community amongst people interested in fashion…just this year, we renamed our club from Silhouettes to WEAR in an attempt to reach out to more people and be more inclusive to people in other majors.” Alyssa also goes on to say that, “Above all, we try to encourage our members to pursue their own creativity and make their own things.”