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Penn State catches high fashion's eye; fashion show planned for DuBois

2/20/2006 —

Penn State catches high fashion's eye; fashion show planned for DuBois

 

DuBois – Open the pages of such haute couture fashion magazines as "W" and "Vogue." Who will you find? Would you be surprised if the answer is Penn State's Joe and Sue Paterno, star quarterback Michael Robinson, University president Graham Spanier and the Penn State Blue Band?

 

Internationally known photographers David Sims and Annie Liebovitz have both captured Penn State on film over the past six months. It seems Penn State is chic when it comes to fashion, beginning with the Blue Band's debut on the catwalk to open designer Marc Jacobs' 2006 spring/summer fashion show this past fall. The band was then featured in the December issue of Vogue magazine, along with actress Keira Knightley, in a spread shot by photographer Annie Liebovitz. Most recently, a 46-page spread in the January issue of W, a style magazine popular in Europe, was shot during a weeklong photo shoot in Happy Valley, featuring some of Penn State's most famous personalities.

 

Now the Penn State catwalk is coming to DuBois with the "Seasons of Your Life" fashion show, dedicated to showing the latest fashion trends for all stages of a woman's life, including prom, bridal, career, maternity, family and formal wear. The event begins with a vendor exhibit at noon, Saturday, April 8, at the Penn State DuBois gymnasium, and is followed by the show, beginning at 3:30 p.m. at Hiller Auditorium. Tickets are $5 and will be available in March.

 

The fashion show is a fundraising event coordinated by the DuBois campus' Blue and White Society in conjunction with the Penn State DuBois Alumni Society with proceeds to benefit the development of a student success center at the Hiller Building. Blue and White Society president and vice-president, Shawnda Hau and Ashley Duell, are chairing the event to assure a full slate of vendors and a complete fashion spectrum to help attendees make the best choices when planning for future events. Vendors will showcase the businesses that make the lives of women enjoyable and healthy, including wedding services, retirement planning, beauty and pampering, home services, vacation and adventure planning and business services. Giveaway drawings will be featured at each booth with winners drawn at the fashion show.

 

"For those planning weddings, this fashion show will not only feature bridal wear and wedding party attire, but also attire suitable for the mother of the bride and formal menswear," Hau said, “plus the vendor fair will include caterers and travel agencies for honeymoon planning.  This show is really designed to interest all women and girls within one showcase. We will also have male models and children to complete the family entourage."

 

Hau said the idea of the student success center is to create a relaxing environment within the student union that might feature a coffee bar, comfortable seating and a fun atmosphere for students to use for meetings, visiting or studying. The concept is modeled after a similar setting at University Park, she said.

 

For information on vendor booths and to reserve tickets, contact Hau at slp247@psu.edu or Charlene Gaus, Alumni Relations Officer at cxs142@psu.edu or by phone at (814) 375-4786.

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