Fashion Menagerie ends its week of fashion with annual showcase

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Lindsey McCormick

Fashion Menagerie will finish up its week of fashion-filled events with student’s clothing designs in the organization’s Annual Showcase.

The student-run fashion organization, Fashion Menagerie, will show students’ work today at 7 p.m. in the Russell Union ballroom. The show consists of clothing displays from the students, a mini fashion show and retail booths from Cheeky Lingerie and Swimwear and Kathi Rich.

“Fashion Menagerie is all about helping the fashion students prepare for their careers, so we have this showcase every year,” Miah Glover, editor of Fashion Menagerie magazine and senior fashion merchandising major, said.

The fashion group has organized an Annual Showcase for the past four years, but this is the first time they have extended it into a full week of fashion events. The Annual Showcase brings an end to a week that has brought events from how to use make-up products, a networking social and a Style Off competition.

The final event will display student’s work from their design classes and their portfolios. Most of the designs are expected to come from Design Analysis I and II classes, textile designs and the students’ personal look books.

“I am hoping to see a lot of neutrals, bright colors and structure in this year’s designs. These designers work hard and deserve all of our support,” Auri Lee, Fashion Menagerie member and senior marketing major, said.

This year’s guests include Cheeky, a local retailer, and Kathi Rich, a Savannah retailer. The guests will be featured in a pop-up shop, a short-term retail shop where students will have the chance to buy the retailer’s clothing at the showcase.

“We added a pop-up shop for students to take a look at boutiques’ around Statesboro items and purchase them. This is Fashion Menagerie’s way of supporting our local boutique owners,” Lee said.

Fashion Menagerie wanted to interact more with the community by bringing these retailers to our showcase. This year we also made a full week of events, Glover said.

Rochelle Ham, president of Fashion Menagerie and senior fashion merchandising major said, “My favorite thing about the showcase is just seeing all of the FMAD professors and students there at once, as well as the supporters. It’s really good to know that people get what we do and don’t just think we twiddle our thumbs and read magazines every day.”