CARBONDALE (WSIL) – For graduates of SIU fashion schools, the student showcase and fashion show in April is an opportunity to present the collections they have been working on all year.
But due to Covid-19, they have had to navigate some changes. From sewing to sketching, SIU’s fashion design and merchandising program is no stranger to the impact of Covid-19.
Program director Laura Kidd says she started by changing the amount of clothing required.
“I reduced it from a minimum of eight to four, and then I’m going to ask them all to come up with photo shoots, where they can find their own models or use other means of display with the background. and everything. Kind of like how you see in fashion magazines, “she said.
The last semester was completely virtual. Paige Gower says she and her four other classmates had to go through adjustments to complete their plans.
âAfter doing everything online for you know, a little over a year, it was kinda weird. So, it’s kinda hard to get back into it and remember how things work in the studio. but I would say it’s pretty comfy once you come in and sit down, it comes back pretty quickly, âshe said.
Each student designed a clothing line inspired by things that have impacted their lives.
âEach of the pieces I made for this collection are inspired by different Barbie dolls over the years. Barbie has been around for over 60 years. So I have a piece that one of my models is going to model on the base. from the very first doll, one of them is based on the 60s, “said Rana Schenke.
Although they may not have the parade this year, Kidd says the photo ops will help their future.
âThey can use it for online portfolios, job applications, put it on websites, all on their social media pages and the like and get more exposure as well,â she said. .