Go back in time at ‘Dress in the Press’

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Meagan Greene

Student Media is taking things back in time while being eco-friendly for the fourth annual Dress in the Press fashion show competition here on the Georgia Southern University campus.

This event held March 11 in the Williams Center Multipurpose Room will have design teams going head-to-head and showing off their talents by creating dresses completely made of recycled George-Anne newspapers and magazines.

“Dress in the Press is an exciting event that happens annually in spring. This year our theme is Victorian. The teams will make dresses that resemble this time period’s style,”

Marissa Martin, senior public relations major, said.

Teams that have previously been chosen will be creating the newspaper and magazine dresses at 4:30 p.m. and the fashion show begins at 6:30 p.m., both of which are open to the public.

“Fashion students have always been really excited about the event and this year we’re trying to get more of the general student body to attend,” Emily Skolrood, junior multimedia communications major, said.

Each team consists of four designers and one model; the teams applied and chose the members themselves along with their models.

“I provided them with applications, and their friends got a group together. They were open to anybody,“ Skolrood said.

This competition is rapid; each design team has had time to figure out what they will be creating however they do not have an unlimited amount of time to do so.

“The groups have 2 hours to make them, they will be judged during the fashion show by two professors from GSU, a fashion merchandising student, a hair-stylist, the owner of Deja Vu Consignment Store and the owner of Feather Nest Boutique,” Skolrood said.

Each fashion team with be judged on four different levels, including incorporation of the theme, wearability, creativity and presentation.

“Every team has their own section. Each team can see what each other is doing,” Skolrood said.

Teams are granted the option to pair a fashionable hat and shoes with the paper-made dresses, along with being able to add things such as ribbon, glitter and paint to the newspaper and magazine fabric.

“First, second and third places will all receive a prize. These will be a collection of different donations from different business. For example: a lot of boutiques and salons donated gift cards and product samples,” Skolrood said.

This event is free of charge and open for any student, faculty and community member to experience this fashion competition.

Skolrood said, “I think it will be really fun and exciting, it’s free and it’s creative. I think it will be a really good event to go to.”