Delta State’s “Art of Fashion” Takes the Runway on Oct. 16

Fashion Promotion Class in the College of Education and Human Sciences Division of Family and Consumer Sciences

“The Art of Fashion” show will take place at the Bologna Performing Arts Center on Tuesday, Oct. 16 at 7 p.m., showcasing designs by Delta State University fashion merchandising students as well as clothing from area merchants for the whole family. Admission is free for all Delta State Okra Card holders and for children ages 10 and younger and $15 for others. All proceeds will benefit Delta State’s fashion merchandising program.

“We’re really excited to present this year’s fashion show,” said Dr. Jan Haynes, professor of family and consumer sciences. “Our students have been working really hard to produce a unique and exciting collection of original fashions, as well as clothing from local stores.”

A silent auction featuring products from local artists, artisans, and businesses kicks off before the event from 5-6:30 p.m. Door prizes from Chamber of Commerce merchants will be given away during the show. Entertainment will include a performance from Delta Arts Alliance dancers.

Fashion merchandising students and event participants Elijah Daniel and Olivia Boyle explained that fashion excites them because it serves as an outlet on many levels. “I can express beauty and creativity through clothing as a form of art,” said Daniel. Boyle added, “Through fashion, you can make statements from your outfits.”

Haley Huerta Kelly, owner of H Squared Ladies Wear and H Squared Formal Wear in downtown Cleveland and a sponsor for the event, said, “We love sponsoring the DSU fashion show to support the fashion merchandising program at Delta State. I enjoy seeing the talent and what the students have accomplished in the program come out in the show. It is very important as a ladies retailer owner to show how much I appreciate their hard work and encourage them to achieve their goals.”

The show is being produced by the DSU Fashion Promotion Class in the College of Education and Human Sciences Division of Family and Consumer Sciences. The event is made possible by a partnership between the Delta State fashion promotion course and the Cleveland/Bolivar County Chamber of Commerce.

Show sponsors include Cleveland Lumber and Supply, Ish and DSU Student Government Association (platinum); Draughon McPherson (gold); South Street Pharmacy (silver); and Cleveland State Bank, Fleming Lumber, H Squared, and Premier Sports (green).

About Fashion Merchandising: The bachelor of science degree in Family & Consumer Sciences provides for concentrations in child development, fashion merchandising, and nutrition/dietetics. The mission of the division is to provide professional education in family and consumer sciences, complementary educational experiences for other disciplines, and opportunities for developing competencies that enhance the quality of life. Graduates from fashion merchandising are equipped to become fashion directors, fashion editors, retail department managers, merchandisers for manufacturer buyers, visual merchandisers, entrepreneurs, and sales representatives, among others.

About Delta State University: Delta State University is a four-year public institution whose more than 3,750 students come from most U.S. states and more than 50 countries. The university offers numerous unique programs, including the Delta Music Institute entertainment industry program, and is the only university in Mississippi to offer undergraduate and graduate aviation programs. Situated in the heart of the Mississippi Delta, which is recognized as the birthplace of American music, Delta State has become the center of music and culture for the state and the region. The university is also the academic center for the blues, offering an online blues studies curriculum that leads to a certificate for advanced study of blues music. In addition, Delta State offers top-notch academic programs in business, arts, sciences, nursing, and education, among other areas.

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