November 16, 2007

Sac State fashion show aids Children’s Home

Stephanie Bozzalla, crouching, and Amie Denisova fit model Tami Alward with the latest creation for the upcoming Stephanie Bozzalla, crouching, and Amie Denisova fit model Tami Alward with the latest creation for the upcoming "Midwinter Nights" student fashion show.

Sacramento State’s University Ballroom will be the center of haute couture on Friday, Dec. 7, with models showing off the latest works of student designers. And it’s all for a good cause—Sacramento Children’s Home.

“Midwinter Nights,” presented by the University’s Student Fashion Association, kicks off at 7 p.m. when more than 45 models will stride down the runway, clad in the creations of nine designers.

“It’s all student run. Everything,” association president Hannah Burke says.

The designers are studying apparel marketing and design in the Family and Consumer Sciences department, although this is not a class project and the students don’t receive any extra credit for the show. “It’s just something people are really passionate about and want to do,” says association vice president Amie Denisova. “They’re not really getting anything in return except the experience.”

Students learn the entire process, from designing, sewing and choosing models to staging the show to generating publicity. They’ll test it all out during a dress rehearsal at 5 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 29 in the Redwood Room.

The “Midwinter Nights” theme will be reflected in some of the clothing modeled that evening, and especially in the decorations and atmosphere of the show. During intermission, the audience will be treated to a selection from Swan Lake, performed by students.

Tickets are $5 for everyone and may be purchased by calling (916) 995-7071 or (916) 606-3166. Half the proceeds will benefit Sacramento Children’s Home.

Founded in 1867, the Children’s Home provides 24-hour services such as respite care for children through 5 years of age, family counseling and referrals to community services. This is the second year it has benefited from the student fashion show. “We just like to involve someone else so it’s for something other than ourselves,” Burke says.

“We’re thrilled they are thinking about the children and the families that we serve,” says Alycia Harshfield, the Home’s fund development manager. “We’re honored that they include us and continue to support our programs.”

Call (916) 606-3166 for more information about the fashion show. For media assistance call Sacramento State’s Public Affairs office at (916) 278-6156.