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Southern Methodist University to Host 3rd Annual Fashion Week

SMU’s third annual Fashion Week will take place April 30 through May 2, featuring high-profile speakers Ashley Mears and Bradley Agather Means, on-campus “pop-up” shopping and a fashion show.

Begun in 2012 and produced primarily by students interested in careers within the trillion-dollar international fashion industry, SMU Fashion Week has grown along with the nearly three-year-old fashion media program, part of the Division of Journalism at SMU’s Meadows School of the Arts.

This year’s Fashion Week committee includes fashion media students Paz Beatty and Kaylah Burton, journalism major Katie Ballard, and Master of Liberal Studies student Elif Kavakci.   Senior fashion media major Ashley Gross is coordinating the fashion show. “Our team has collaborated with the editors of SMUStyle, a popular student-produced fashion and style blog, and the SMU Retail Club to offer a schedule of events with something for everyone,” said Camille Kraeplin, Fashion Week advisor and associate professor of journalism.

Fashion Week events, all of which are free and open to the public, are as follows:

Wednesday, April 30

3:30 p.m. – Rotunda lobby of the Umphrey Lee Center, 3300 Dyer St. on the SMU campus SMUStyle will host a “pop-up” shopping event featuring fashions by Intermix, with a portion of the proceeds designated for charity.

6:30 p.m. – Journalism Complex of the Umphrey Lee Center, 3300 Dyer St. on SMU campus Lecture by Bradley Agather Means, founder of the fashion blog Luella & June and fashion editor for FD Luxe, the Dallas Morning News’ full-color, glossy monthly magazine covering fashion, design, beauty, dining and travel.

Thursday, May 1

7 p.m. – Room 241, Umphrey Lee Center, 3300 Dyer St. on the SMU campus Lecture by Ashley Mears, a Boston University sociologist and former model, based on her book Pricing Beauty: The Making of a Fashion Model (University of California Press, 2011). Her talk will lead the audience a step beyond fashion’s glamorous façade to address the complex issues of gender, class and race in the modeling world, as well as the economics and politics behind the business. The lecture is being held in collaboration with SMU’s Dedman College Interdisciplinary Institute through the Scott Hawkins fund, the Embrey Human Rights program and the Women’s and Gender Studies program.

Friday, May 2

1 p.m. – Outdoor boulevard in front of Dallas Hall, 3225 University Blvd. on the SMU campus Fashion Show presented by the SMU Retail Club, with clothing provided by ASOS and LUBLU by Kira Plastinina.  Plastinina, an SMU senior, established a fashion house in Russia in 2007 and opened her LUBLU boutique in Preston Center last year.   All models will be SMU students, with fellow student Hunter Higgins serving as DJ.


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