Making Modern Energy: 10th Annual Fashion Columbia 2007

Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Columbia College students get a hands-on introduction to the fashion business during their annual spring fashion show. Columbia fashion-design and fashion retail-management students have spent almost nine months preparing for the college's 10th annual runway-style fashion show, "Making Modern Energy." The fashion event begins with a matinee at 1 p.m. on Thursday, May 10. A second evening show will be held at 7 p.m., followed by a reception. Both shows and reception are at the Conaway Center, 1104 S. Wabash Avenue, Chicago.

Students enrolled in the Advanced Fashion Show Production class are responsible for the entire production of the show. It's the only student-run fashion show in the country. Under the direction of Nena Ivon, Manager of Public Relations Special Events/Fashion for Saks Fifth Avenue, students select professional models, contract with hair and make-up artists and arrange the music and stage production.

This year student designers will interpret the "Modern Energy" theme in their creatively constructed dresses, dramatically detailed garments, and even a computer wire corset. The show's signature color of acid green must be included in all of the pieces displayed during the show's finale. For some student-designers, this unique platform signifies the culmination of their college experience, as many of the pieces are from senior collections.

Tickets to the matinee are $35 general admission and free for any student with a valid student ID. Tickets for the evening show and reception are $60 general admission and $35 for students with a valid ID. To purchase tickets, call 312.344.6600 or email . Tickets will be held at the door. Tickets may also be purchased with cash or credit card at the door the day of the show.

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Columbia student fashions shown on ABC7

Producer Designer Garment Juliann Pebbles Jill Frederickson Black chiffon dress with green and black detail Maggie Morici Daniela Chaidez Black jacket and dress with circle patchwork Madeline Noelker Yuka Takeda White dress with green sash and roses Alvin M. Fabian Andrea Berk Black canvas jacket green lined collar Amanda Frazer Barbara Langley Black dress with black cutout and green detail Katie Williams Diana Lee Strapless baby doll dress with cut out green bodice and white embroidered skirt Jen Grygiel Erin Stringham White blouse with custom black screen printing; Black pencil skirt with custom white screen printing

Fashion Columbia 2007

Producer Bios

Alvin M. Fabian, Student Producer
Alvin Fabian transferred to Columbia College Chicago's Magazine Journalism Program his junior year. As far back as he can remember, Alvin has always invested a large amount of time becoming engrossed in commercial fashion magazines, like GQ and Vogue, as well as trade magazines, like WWD and DNR. So naturally, fashion journalism seemed like the ideal career choice. Although that option is still a question mark for Alvin, he has become more enthralled by the idea of producing fashion shows and fashion public relations after being exposed to the courses offered by Columbia's Fashion/Retail Management Department. Through these courses Alvin has found himself fortunate enough to become a part of Fashion Columbia 2007.

Amanda Frazer, Student Producer
Amanda Frazer grew up in LeClaire, a small town in Iowa. After graduating high school, Amanda decided to explore the world of fashion by attending Columbia College. Amanda believes that the combination of attending Columbia and living in Chicago has opened up many opportunities that never would have existed in Iowa, including being a producer for Fashion Columbia 2007.

Jen Grygiel, Student Producer
Jen Grygiel, a native of LaSalle, Illinois, is currently a Fashion Design major at Columbia College Chicago. Her work demonstrates the sophistication of an unexpected detail and an evolutionary progression of design reflective of bespoke garments. The inspiration for her garments are derived from a dedication to and understanding of her art, achievements, education, and those whose work has come before her. Her work has been featured on ABC 7, at the Street Beat Fashion Show during Chicago's Fashion Week, and in Fashion Columbia the Show and Exhibition. She was nominated for the Driehaus Award for Fashion Excellence and won Best of Show at the Satorial Flux Exhibition for Columbia College Chicago. Jen has been a Designer Liaison and Producer for Fashion Columbia for two years. She is submitting garments influenced by society and technology for Fashion Columbia 2007.

Margaret Morici, Student Producer
Columbia College has proven to be the perfect place to start working toward a career in Fashion Merchandising. Over the past few years, Margaret Morici has taken advantage of every opportunity available that would help her achieve her ideal job in Fashion Show Production. Since first seeing the show her freshman year, Margaret has wanted to be a part of Fashion Columbia. As a senior, she is thrilled to be a student producing the show for the first time. It has been an unforgettable learning experience that is the perfect conclusion to an incredible 4 years.

Madeline Noelker, Student Producer
After graduating from Villa Duchesne High School in 2004, Madeline Noelker moved to Chicago to attend Columbia College's Fashion/Retail Management Program. It has been enjoyable and worthwhile for Madeline. As one of the student producers of Fashion Columbia 2007, Madeline says the experience has been challenging, but has also provided her with many opportunities for growth, and she looks forward to continuing to develop her skills in this area.

Juliann Peebles, Student Producer
Juliann Peebles came to the fashion program at Columbia because she loves fashion. Whether she wanted to or not, it was her passion and she decided to follow it. Juliann believes that Columbia is unique in its courses  it's not the typical "just read a book, take a test" school. She loves how students are thrown into real world situations and gain experience as well as knowledge. For Juliann, Fashion Columbia is the ultimate example of that experience. So far, her experience as a producer has opened her eyes to all the work it takes to create a show. There are tons of tiny details that, if overlooked, could change the entire outcome of the show, and she is proud to be a part of such a unique and exciting learning experience.

Katie Williams, Student Producer
Katie Williams was born in Millstadt, a small town in southern Illinois. In high school, she grew an interest in pursuing a fashion career and decided to attend Columbia College. While at Columbia she has had the opportunity to take many exciting and valuable classes, including Retail Buying, The Visual Marketing Practicum, and Fashion Styling. This year she is honored to be a Fashion Columbia Producer, and she feels very fortunate to work on the only student-run fashion show in the country.

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