The 2013 Brenau Collaborative Fashion Show wowed audiences with the works of three senior fashion design students, Amanda Maddox with her collection Gehenna, Candice Jenkins with Freedom and Junjun Tong with Motion & Memory, presented in the historic Pearce Auditorium on the university’s Gainesville campus. The lines showcased were the product of the students capstone course which starts with their research throughout the summer. In their fall semester they take that research, develop a concept and begin designing their line of 12 looks. Production of the clothing, at least half of their entire line, and preparation for the Collaborative starts in the Spring semester.
“They’re going out into a career that is very tough. In this highly competitive field, students need to be prepared with this type of experience not only if they step into a lower level job and are helping with a show but they should also know how to showcase their work in a public setting,” said Lori Gann-Smith, the Brenau University fashion design program director. “We want our students to garner as much experience as they can and have some fun in the process.”
The students are responsible for almost every aspect of the show. They utilize Gann-Smith as a producer for the event and check in with her periodically to get things, like music, models and designs approved, but the bulk of the process is on them. They design and create the clothes, style the outfits, meet with lighting designers and number of other task to produce a mind blowing show that is enjoyed by friends, family and colleagues.