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March 31, 2004
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Fashion design students at EMU strut their stuff


YPSILANTI - Students in Eastern Michigan University's apparel, textiles and merchandising program dream of jobs in major fashion markets like New York and Paris.   A few years ago, a group of students decided there was no reason they couldn't start their careers right here in Ypsilanti, so they decided to produce, promote and host their own fashion show.

Their celebration of original fashion design is now in its third year.   "Illusions:   See and Be Seen," debuts Friday, April 2, 7 p.m., on the 2 nd floor of the Marshall Building on EMU's campus.

"Our apparel students design and make the clothes; textiles students help with materials and fabric, and our merchandising students take care of production, promotion and selling--just as they will in their careers," said Kelly Welker, assistant professor, human, environmental and consumer resources.   "In the past, audience members have asked students to sell their original work, so it is an exciting and very real exercise."

Models of all ages are recruited from the campus and the community.   This year, there will be some children's clothing in the show.   Welker said that the first year there were about 50 audience members, and the next year, more than 150.   "We are anxious to see how many people will come this year.   The word is out that it's a great show."

The show is free and open to the public, although donations will be accepted.


Eastern Michigan University is a public, comprehensive university that offers programs in the arts, sciences and professions. EMU prepares students with the intellectual skills and practical experiences to succeed in their career and lives, and to be better citizens.

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