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Innovations '10 Fashion Show

April 25, 2010

Ursuline College will host Innovations '10 fashion show on Sunday, April 25, 2-3pm at the College's Matthew J. O'Brien Athletic Center, 2550 Lander Rd, Pepper Pike. Open to the public, the annual event features clothing designed by Ursuline fashion students and will include more than 50 original creations for women and children.

"It's always exciting to watch our fashion design students unveil their original collections," said Dr. Constance Korosec, Ursuline's fashion design, merchandising and interiors chair. "The goal is to provide students' with real world design experience by providing an exciting forum in which they can showcase their creativity."

"Norwegian Woods," "Firefly Summer," "My Golden Romance," "The Modern Lady's Guide to a Proper English Tea" and "Very to the Contrary" are some of the collections featured in this year's show. Attendees will view a range of women's wear designs from casual and flirty dresses to elegantly embellished gowns. 

Senior Meganne Eddie of Cleveland Heights said her "Norwegian Woods" line was inspired from the natural elements of the earth. "I have chosen to use earth tone colors such as olive green, brown and cream," said Eddie, who commented that her collection uses detail buttons and subtle beadwork to give a classic look. After commencement, Eddie plans on pursuing a graduate degree in the field of textiles or historic preservation.

Chagrin Falls senior Catherine Hecker's "Firefly Summer" collection is designed to resemble the clothing of the romantic period and draped garments of the Greeks. "My line features bright oranges and pinks anchored by black and the fabrics are sheer and soft." Hecker plans on finding a job in costume design.

Fashion design senior and Euclid resident, Amber Banks used the emotion of love and its significance to women for her "My Golden Romance" collection. "My garment colors are black and gold with some sparkle. I wanted to create a line that was soft and that women would feel beautiful wearing," said Banks. After graduation, Banks planning a career in Fashion Merchandising or pursuing a graduate degree from Ursuline College.

"The Modern Lady's Guide to a Proper English Tea" was designed by Melissa Gerhardt of Wickliffe. "I am always inspired by vintage and feminine looks. With this collection I wanted to mix patterns and textures using Japanese inspired prints," said Gerhardt, who commented that her collection is a modern twist on classic femininity. Gerhardt hopes to eventually own her own boutique.

Whitney Newberry of Akron designed the collection "Very to the Contrary" pulling her inspiration from the active lifestyles of women. "My line is a contemporary twist on sportswear with a major splash of femininity," said Newberry, who plans on pursuing a master's degree in education and starting her own clothing line.

Ursuline's fashion design students participate in study trips throughout major US cities and have the option of attending New York's Fashion Institute of Technology during their junior year. They also have hands-on access to the College's costume collection that includes more than 3,500 pieces of 20th century American apparel and accessories.

Fashion show admission costs are $10 for adults, $5 for students and no charge for children ten and under. Tickets can be purchased at the door. For more information, call 440.646.8142.

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