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UC Davis dresses up for Fashion Week

By Dave Jones on February 2, 2007 in University

Fashion Week has grown beyond New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Europe -- it is coming to UC Davis Feb. 5 to 9. From a lecture program about shoes and vintage clothing to a student-produced fashion show, the week will emphasize beauty inside and out, according to a news release.

The 35-member Student Fashion Association is organizing the event. "Here at UC Davis, we take fashion seriously," said Polina Seeger, association president. "Through the textiles and clothing and design programs, we combine a strong academic background with creative expression."

She said the week's activities emphasize student design, research and practical experience, while drawing in business and industry representatives, and helping the community by selling pink ribbons for breast cancer awareness and research, and collecting used clothing for people in need.

All Fashion Week activities are free. Here is the schedule:

Feb. 5 -- Lecture program featuring Susan Avila, professor of design, talking about the history of shoes from pre-20th century to today; and Lauren Michel, co-founder of Marc and Lauren Vintage Clothing, discussing how to find and identify vintage clothing, decade by decade. Michel holds a master's degree in textiles from UC Davis. 7 p.m., 106 Wellman Hall.

Feb. 6 -- Jewelry-making workshop (earrings as Valentine's gifts), 7 p.m., Memorial Union Art Gallery.

Feb. 7 -- Career panel, featuring UC Davis textiles and clothing alumni who now work for North Face and Koret. 4:10 p.m., 261 Olson Hall.

Feb. 8 -- Pink Day. Ribbon sales to benefit the UC Davis Cancer Center, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Memorial Union. Talk by Mattie McCalister, a breast cancer survivor, and an American Cancer Society representative, 6 to 6:30 p.m., Griffin Lounge, Memorial Union. Crafts session at which people can make such items as picture frames and cards for breast cancer survivors, 6:30 to 8 p.m., Griffin Lounge.

Feb. 9 -- Share the Love fashion show, featuring student designs along with outfits from Davis boutiques. As of early this week, all the fashion show tickets had been spoken for. The show is set for 7 p.m. in the Wyatt Pavilion Theatre. People who attend are asked to bring used clothing for donation to Yolo County's Short-Term Emergency Aid Committee, or STEAC.

More information is available online: (click on "Events").

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