Christian College’s Fashion Design Major Students Host Show for Charity in April

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George Fox University student designers showcase past, present and future styles in benefit for Dress for Success Oregon

George Fox University’s fashion design and merchandising students are set to debut the work of 10 student designers in the department’s bi-annual fashion show at 7 p.m. on Sunday, April 10, in Wood-Mar Auditorium on the university’s Newberg, Ore., campus.

The public is invited to attend at no charge. Tax-deductible donations, as well as gently used professional women’s clothing donations, will be taken at the door to benefit the charity Dress for Success Oregon, an affiliate of an international charity that provides low-income women with the tools they need to put them ahead in the job market.

The event, titled “Simmetria: A Fashion Show Celebrating Style from the Past, Present and Future,” will feature design inspirations ranging from the chic silhouettes of the 1940s to present-day styles. Produced by 15 students in a fashion show production class, the event will showcase designs that incorporate “flower power,” sequins, feathers, velour, wools and more. Designs were inspired by everything from modern and sleek IKEA home furnishings to the flare and sparkle of the Roaring Twenties.

With unique and well-crafted garments, those involved in the show hope to prove they can be competitive with other design programs in the Portland metro area, according to Kristin Rosario, co-director of the show.

It was the students’ decision to donate to a charity, putting to work the passion for community leadership and outreach George Fox University hopes to instill in its scholars.

“George Fox is committed to helping the community, and that is something that is very close to my heart,” said Shannon Donohue, student designer and co-director of the show. “I love helping others, and the fact that we are partnering with Dress for Success is very exciting. Just knowing that we are making a difference in these ladies’ lives makes it all worth it.”

A reception will follow immediately after the show, and a gallery of student work will be displayed nearby to highlight the talent and hard work of George Fox fashion design major students.

“A lot of people don’t understand the extreme level of passion that goes into a fashion major,” Rosario said. “It’s easy for them to think of our chosen career path as frivolous or unrealistic, but they don’t realize how competitive and far-reaching the fashion industry really is. You have to love it and immerse yourself in it or you’ll be left behind by those that want it more.”

“Our hope with this show is to not only inspire creativity but also a dedication to service and the community.”

George Fox University is ranked by Forbes as the top Christian college in the Pacific Northwest and among the top three Christian colleges in the country. George Fox is the only Christian university in the Pacific Northwest classified by U.S. News & World Report as a first tier national university. More than 3,400 students attend classes on the university’s campus in Newberg, Ore., and at teaching centers in Portland, Salem, and Redmond, Ore., and Boise, Idaho. George Fox offers bachelor’s degrees in more than 40 majors, degree-completion programs for working adults, five seminary degrees, and 11 master’s and doctoral degrees.

Terri Boehr
Chair, Department of Family and Consumer Sciences

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