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April 13, 2004
CONTACT: Carol Anderson

Fashion designer for Miss Michigan headlines EMU lecture series April 15

YPSILANTI - Fashion designer Lary Hafner will be the featured speaker at The Linda Shelton-Powers Lecture Series, Thursday, April 15, 7 p.m. at the Eagle Crest Conference Center. Hafner is the fashion designer to current Miss Michigan and Eastern Michigan University student Madonna Emond. The event is free and open to the public.

Hafner, who has a design studio in Clinton, will discuss the designing process and the typical day of a fashion designer. Hafner and Emond, of Livonia, also will relate how they met and discuss their collaboration on Emond's Miss Michigan pageant gown.

"This year's event provides insight into how a designer thinks, while the series helps get the word out to a wide audience, especially high school students, about our (apparel, textiles and merchandising) program," said George Liepa, head of EMU's Human, Environmental and Consumer Resources Department.

This is the third year the series that has been offered by EMU's Apparel, Textiles and Merchandising program and The Linda Shelton-Powers Endowment. The endowment was established by Shelton-Powers' husband to honor her work in textiles and her interest in the historic evaluation of fashion represented in the program's period clothing collection.

Shelton-Powers received a bachelor's and a master's degree from EMU in fashion merchandising in 1989 and 1992, respectively.

For more information, call 734.487.2490.

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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