Sweet heart necklines, playing cards, red satin cloth, maroon skirts carefully crafted and a couple Alice and Wonderland references kicked off “The Queen of Hearts” fashion show TWU and UNT students produced for the Denton American Heart Association’s annual fundraising event.
TWU students in Dr. Sheri Dragoo’s event planning class have been organizing and coordinating a themed fashion show for the Go Red For Women Luncheon for the past 13 years, with this year’s theme being “The Queen of Hearts.”
Dr. Dragoo explains what she feels students learn from this experience: “Other than it’s a great learning experience for how to run a fashion show and competing with their design work — what I hope they take away is that it is important to give back to the community and stand up for a cause, and I think that they walk away from this event feeling that way.”
TWU and UNT students submit garments they have designed and created to be worn during the fashion show. Out of the 60 garments chosen, 45 were designed by TWU students. TWU students then worked to piece together outfits, design scenes, coordinate music and recruit models for the show. Two TWU students, Briley Cole and Lillia Dean, co-produced the fashion show.
Cole explains what she has learned through co-producing this fashion show: “Being able to work well with others and having all these different ideas coming together, just having to be innovative and helping one another achieve our goals and I think that will really help in the future for different jobs.”
Dr. Dragoo has the responsibility of recruiting professionals from the fashion industry to act as judges who, being critical of design, choose the best two outfits. Audience members also vote for their favorite two outfits for a People’s Choice Award and the designers whose outfits win one of the four awards receive a crystal award and monetary donation from the American Heart Association.
This year the two designers who were chosen by the official judges for first and second place were also chosen in the same order for the People’s Choice Award. TWU’s Senior Fashion Design and Merchandising student Nicholle Terry won first place in both categories and UNT’s Asia Montague won second.