Preparing for the Runway – Students get ready for the annual MSU ATD Fashion Show

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Every year, the Apparel and Textile Design Fashion Show gets bigger and better, with more designers and new innovative designs. The students strive to create classic, fun and even avant-garde pieces that show their creativity, skills and style as designers. The students are getting ready to present their hard work and ingenuity for this year’s ATD Fashion Show runway, which is set for 7 p.m. on March 6 at the Wharton Center.

The planning for the ATD Fashion Show starts a whole school year before the actual event. The designers spend countless hours paying attention to every detail of the designs that are selected for the show, and everything from the lighting to the music for the catwalk. There was even a model casting that took place in January to prepare for the March show. The casting welcomed men and women of all body types to audition, so long as they wouldn’t be afraid to perform in front of a large crowd. Based on the success the show has experienced in previous years, it’s safe to assume that the show will be a success. The fashion shows from the past three years have all been sold out.

Alixzandra Jyawook, apparel and textile design freshman, is excited for the show this year. Although this is her first year working for the show, she knows the reputation it upholds and can’t wait to be a part of the legacy.

“I’m an assistant director for senior Emma Witte, who is a director of the show,” said Jyawook. “I love Emma’s designs, and it is such a huge honor to work with her to see how the show all comes together.”

Along with Witte and Jyawook, the other students working on the event can’t wait to see their hard work come to life. The students featured on the runway this year promise to have a show that will not only have the crowd asking questions about the designs, but get them excited by the designs as well.

Tickets for the show can be purchased at the Wharton Center or online at


Simone Carter is a senior journalism major with a concentration in editorial reporting. She dreams of living in a studio apartment in NYC with a Yorkie puppy named Brownie. In addition to ing Magazine, she is also a Women’s Fashion Writer for VIM Magazine. She loves burritos from Moe’s and Ben & Jerry’s Americone Dream ice cream.


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