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Only Student Run Fashion Show in the Country Launches 10th Anniversary, "Making Modern Energy" Show

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Columbia College students get a hands-on introduction to the fashion business during their annual spring fashion show. Columbia fashion-design and fashion retail-management students have spent almost nine months preparing for the college's 10th annual runway-style fashion show, "Making Modern Energy." The fashion event begins with a matinee at 1 p.m. on Thursday, May 10. A second evening show will be held at 7 p.m., followed by a reception. Both shows and reception are at the Conaway Center, 1104 S. Wabash Avenue, Chicago.

Students enrolled in the Advanced Fashion Show Production class are responsible for the entire production of the show. It's the only student-run fashion show in the country. Under the direction of Nena Ivon, Manager of Public Relations Special Events/Fashion for Saks Fifth Avenue, students select professional models, contract with hair and make-up artists and arrange the music and stage production.This year student designers will interpret the "Modern Energy" theme in their creatively constructed dresses, dramatically detailed garments, and even a computer wire corset. The show's signature color of acid green must be included in all of the pieces displayed during the show's finale. For some student-designers, this unique platform signifies the culmination of their college experience, as many of the pieces are from senior collections.

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