You don’t have to look far to update your wardrobe this spring. It’s fashion week in Des Moines.
Fashion is Tien Nguyen’s passion. She says, “A piece of clothes, is not what you wear to impress people. It’s a story you wear if you’re in a good mood in the morning you want to wear something bright.”
The Roosevelt Senior spends two and half hours a day at Central Campus. She’s a part of the Fashion Design and Merchandising Program. She designed and produced a six piece senior collection. It will appear in the school’s fashion show.
Instructor Tracy Holland says, “It’s a great event showcases my student’s talent, plus everything they’ve worked on throughout the year.”
More than 50 fashion students will show off their designs. Radio and Television students help with music and lighting. Graphics Design students handled the posters and shirts. Holland says, “So, we use a collaborative effort for the fashion show, and that’s what makes this event really popular.”
This is the 14th year for the event. About 3,000 people attend. Holland says, “I have a lot of modeling scouts to ford that come to the fashion show to look at our kids because they are very visual and fashion forward, so many of my students are signed.”
You’ll see several trends on display. Tien says, “You will see a lot of prints in the fashion show.” You’ll also see plenty of solids, like the black and white. A hot color this year is blue the color of a Tiffany jewelry box. But, Tien says the key to fashion is wearing what makes you feel nice. She says, “Clothes express how you feel inside.”
Opening night for the fashion show is Thursday, May 1 at 7 p.m. in the Central Campus auditorium. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students. You can also catch the show Friday at 10 and 11:30 a.m. Money raised helps students buy materials for garments. Funds also helped pay for a new runway this year. Home building students from Central Campus built it.