December 2, 2009
By Rebecca Howard
For every piece of clothing, there are hours of planning, cutting, sewing and ironing. Behind every design is an artist with a passion for creating. Anna Ma is just one of many student designers involved in the Annual Winter Fashion Show, presented by Fashion Group International.
Sophomore Anna Ma can trace her love for fashion back to childhood. While other girls her age were acting out an elaborate love saga between Ken and Barbie or pretending to cruise around in a hot pink Lamborghini, Ma was of whipping up a fresh new look for her beloved doll.
“When I was young, my parents got me a computer game where you designed clothes for your Barbie,” she said. “That actually led to me make clothes for my Barbie from scraps of cloth.”
As she got older, her passion for design grew, eventually leading her to pursue a degree in Apparel and Merchandising from Colorado State University.
“My favorite part of fashion design is that you can start with a piece of cloth and make anything with it,” Ma said. “Fashion never gets boring because (the industry) always changes.”
As a design student, Ma is also an active participant in the CSU chapter of Fashion Group International, an organization for students who are interested in apparel design and merchandising. According to Ma, who serves as the development and outreach officer for FGI, the group participates in various community service and volunteer projects, including CSUnity in the spring.
FGI is also planning a 5K run event in the spring in which they will partner with the Dove Campaign for Real Beauty. The goal of the event is “to bring awareness to body image, especially for the younger generations,” Ma said.
But of course, FGI’s long list of projects and events wouldn’t be complete without the multiple fashion shows that they put on annually. The shows aim to bring fashion and culture to the CSU community and serve as a platform for student designers.
Ma has participated in three fashion shows at CSU so far, and will be premiering two original designs at FGI’s Annual Winter Fashion Show on Dec. 3.
The Annual Winter Fashion Show will feature apparel from local merchandisers, including The Wright Life, Cherish Boutique, Biyazzi, Paperdoll, Carol Mier Fashion, Wild at Heart, Plato’s Closet, Buckle and Charlotte Russe. The show will also feature original designs from CSU students.
“I think the audience will enjoy seeing what retailers have in their stores, and most of all, I think they will enjoy seeing all of the creative student designs,” Ma said.
The fashion show will also feature designs from the first-ever 48 hour student design competition. Similar to the concept of the fashion challenge-based TV show “Project Runway,” participants were given two days to create an original design using the provided material of jersey cotton. Ma is a participant in this competition as well.
According to Ma, the theme for this year’s show merges the glamour of a red carpet event with the edgy vibe of rock and roll. This pairing is appropriate, as the fashion show will also include performances from five local music acts ranging in styles from hip hop to indie rock.
“We wanted to combine the two ideas (of fashion and music),” she said.
The musical acts will be as follows:
When: Thursday, Dec. 3, 7:30 p.m.
Where: Hodi’s Half Note, 167 North College Avenue
Admission: Under 21 - $8; Over 21 - $5