Lindenwood Belleville’s Fashion Club will host its second-annual Fall and Winter Freedom of Expression Fashion show Nov. 9 in the Lindenwood Auditorium.
It’s an event that will not only show off the latest styles of clothes. Organizers said it will teach important skills to both the students who have put the show together and the ones who will be in attendance.
“It’s a student-run production,” said Trai-Ricardo Thorney, president of the Lindenwood University-Belleville Fashion Club. “A team of 10 to 15 students worked for three months to prepare.”
Another 30 students are expected to model the clothes donated by local merchants, according to faculty sponsor Dr. Andrea Frazier.
“This is a great experience for the students,” said Frazier. “Embracing all types of culture and individuality is an important part of their education, and much of that comes through fashion. It’s also a great experience for students to exercise their leadership, organization skills, and other talents to make the show happen.”
Clothes for the event will be provided by Belleville retailers Don Rodgers, LTD, and Peace by Piece.
Don Rogers, LTD, owner Roger Wigginton said he thinks the fashion show, which will feature business and casual clothes, will be a great resource for students.
“Typically, young people live in jeans, shorts, and tee-shirts,” Wigginton said. ‘They need to know how to dress when they get into the business world. They need to know how to present themselves, especially when it becomes time to look for a job. How you look is how people are going to judge you.”
Wiggington said changes in the retail world leave the students of today on their own when it comes to deciding what they should wear.
“When you go to the department stores these days, the customer service is pretty much non-existent,” Wigginton said. “People aren’t there to help you put outfits together. An event like this can help them learn about things like that. I think it’s exciting. I’ve been in thousands of fashion shows over the past 40 years. But this is the first one at a university.”
The fashion show is free and open to the public. The doors open at 6 p.m.