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Fresh off the runway




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Rochester, Mich. resident Jordan Nelson does her makeup while apparel and textile design junior Katie Raynard puts makeup on environmental and plant biology junior Emily Ward on March 15, 2014, at Wharton Center for Performing Arts. Raynard did the girls' hair and makeup for the Apparel and Textile Design Fashion Show. Betsy Agosta/The State News



Every year, preparing the most avant-garde garments for the Apparel and Textile Design Fashion Show quickly turns into competition.

In order to get in the show, students had to present their pieces to a jury, who then chose the best pieces which deserved to be showcased. Before the show, there was a long process where the students had to brainstorm their ideas, sketch them out, create the pieces, find models and prepare the models for the show.

Apparel and textile design junior Katie Raynard was a designer in the March 15 show at Wharton Center.

The show featured many models showcasing the designs of apparel and textile design students.

One of Katie’s models this year was environmental and plant biology junior Emily Ward.

Katie didn’t meet her second model, Oakland University freshman Jordan Nelson, until the day of the show. When working with Jordan’s stepmom with her wedding dress alterations, Katie discovered Jordan was interested in modeling.

She and her two models hit it off.

The three of them spent their time getting ready, listening to music and joking around.

This year, Katie was lucky enough to have two pieces in the show: “Wind Power” and “Shattering Stereotypes.”

Both of these pieces ended up being finalists in the show and her “Wind Power” piece won the Conceptual Design Award.

“On a whole, I just really want to actually praise and thank God for just the whole outcome of the show. I just feel very blessed,” Raynard said.

Now that the show is over, the Apparel and Textile Design Department must start planning out next year’s show and making arrangements for the venue and guest judges.

The fashion year begins again.


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