Mark your calendar for one of the most exciting and anticipated events of spring: Absolute Style, the University of the Fraser Valley’s annual fashion show, takes to the stage on Thursday, April 28.
Students in UFV’s two-year Fashion Design diploma program are putting the finishing touches on their creations for the event. The show will feature diverse pieces ranging from evening gowns to men’s wear.
“Absolute Style is a gala event to shine the spotlight on our students’ skills and talent,” says Fashion Design department head Deanna Devitt. “In the program, students learn how to research niche markets, and professionally pull a collection together. Once the collection is established, the hard work of drafting and constructing it begins. When the pieces are ready, students work with a photographer, models, make-up artists and stylists to communicate their vision.”
Absolute Style is not only a fashion show. It’s a great opportunity for the audience to catch a glimpse of all that UFV’s Fashion Design diploma program has to offer. The full-time program is suited to students who want a career in the fashion industry. It covers the elements necessary to carry a marketable design from original idea to finished garment, explains Devitt. Students can follow a number of options including production and technology, marketing, or textiles.
“We are always striving to ensure graduates leave this program industry-ready,” says Devitt. “Our faculty has years of industry experience and are using current technologies to ensure students are employable. Students also complete a practicum to further develop their understanding of the fashion industry.”
In addition to what the audience will see on the Absolute Style runway, Fashion Design student displays will be located throughout UFV’s Fashion wing in Building D. Visitors are welcome to explore the design labs and display areas, and meet instructors and students. The rooms are open from noon to 5 pm.
Get your tickets early for the April 28 event, as last year’s shows sold out. Absolute Style takes place in the Envision Athletic Centre on the Abbotsford campus. Tickets are $10 for the 2:30 pm matinee show and $18 for the 7 pm show. UFV’s Alumni Association will host a wine and cheese reception at the evening event. For more information or to book tickets, please call 604-557-4073. You can also order tickets at http://www.ufv.ca/Fashion/Fashion_Show/Absolute_2011_Order_Form.htm
For more details about the Fashion Design diploma program, or Absolute Style, please visit www.ufv.ca/fashion.