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NC State’s First Annual Fashion Week Will Kick Off April 11

North Carolina State University will host its first Fashion Week beginning on April 11, 2012.

The event will include two separate fashion shows as well as two full days of educational forums and exhibitions focused on highlighting global innovations in fashion, creating leadership opportunities for students and faculty, and introducing corporations to creative resources.

Fashion Week kicks off on April 11 with a show featuring participants from NC State, New York’s Fashion Institute of Technology, China’s Donghua University, and Hong Kong Polytechnic University. The show’s theme –“Avant Garde” – will allow student participants to showcase radical designs with functional and technical appeal.

The closing ceremony will include a color-themed fashion show, “Color Fusion,” which features NC State students specifically and focuses on their ability to create emotional connections through color.

Fashion Week 2012 speakers will include Barry Miguel, president of 7 For All Mankind; Darryl Carter of Darryl Carter Inc. and author of The New Traditional; Katrina Streiner, vice president of creative services, Belk; and Allen E. Gant Jr., president of Glen Raven.

“No other event – or quite frankly university program – integrates the educational experience with the professional in quite this way,” said Dr. Nancy Cassill, head of the textile and apparel, technology and management department in NC State’s College of Textiles. “Combined with the exceptional student talent, our speaker lineup of well respected design leaders promises to make this a superb fashion event.”

Fashion Week will be presented by NC State’s College of Textiles, and events will take place on Centennial Campus. The events are open to the public, although registration is required. Registration information, venue locations, the full list of speakers and additional Fashion Week 2012 details, can be found at


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