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Students Light Up the Runway During Fashion Show

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  • A model shows off a wedding dress created by Anna Loosli (Carol Stream) during "Sketches," the annual College of DuPage Fashion Show

      A model shows off a wedding dress created by Anna Loosli (Carol Stream) during "Sketches," the annual College of DuPage Fashion Show


A model shows off a wedding dress created by Anna Loosli (Carol Stream) during "Sketches," the annual College of DuPage Fashion Show. Produced by the Fashion Promotion and Merchandising students, the recent event featured more than 100 original designs from College of DuPage Fashion Design students, including a special competition sponsored by SUEDEsays™, Simplicity Patterns and Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores.

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Suede, the fashion designer who competed on Season 5 and All Stars Season 2 of the successful television series "Project Runway," worked with students, presented a free lecture during the day and co-sponsored the "uROCKit™" sewing contest, where fashion students created a garment using a SUEDEsays™ Simplicity or SUEDEsays™ New Look Studio pattern as well as materials from Jo-Ann Fabrics and the SUEDEsays™ fabric collection. Submitted garments were showcased during the show, and Suede selected the winners.

In addition, hair and makeup for the models showcased the College of DuPage Cosmetology students under the direction of Program Coordinator Bea Brown.

Prize winners are as follows:

The Fashion Group International of Chicago: Casmira Damon (Shorewood) and Christine Mezile (Westmont) each receive $2,500 for the 2013-2014 academic year. These scholarships were determined after a special meeting with Fashion Group board members, which included student interviews and designs reviews.

The "uROCKit™" competition, sponsored by Simplicity, SUEDEsays™ and Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores: Grand Prize -- Anna Loosli (Carol Stream), who received a Simplicity by Brother International sewing machine; First Place -- Michelle Olvera (Chicago), who received a Simplicity Deluxe Felting Machine; Second Place -- Snehal Velvandkar (Wheaton), who received a collection of SUEDEsays™ Patterns and a Simplicity Pattern Catalog; and Third Place -- Ellyn Jacobson (Wheaton), who received a collection of Simplicity Books.

On April 12, a jury of 18 fashion professionals judged more than 100 original designs from first- and second-year Fashion Design students during the annual Jury Show.

The following awards were presented during Sketches: Most Marketable Designs -- Christy Plasil (Lisle) and Snehal Velvandkar (Wheaton); Construction Techniques -- Ling Yu (Lisle); Sportswear Collection -- Valeria Baker (Winfield); Creative Embellishment and Textile Design -- Leslie Drummond (Batavia); Red Carpet Award -- Jeanette Seldon (Glendale Heights); Best Collection -- Judith V. Smith (Aurora); Judge's Choice Award -- Ellyn Jacobsen (Wheaton); First-Year Designer of the Year -- Michelle Olvera (Chicago); and Second-Year Designer of the Year -- Anna Loosli (Carol Stream).

For more information about the Fashion Studies program, call (630) 942-2502, email or visit

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