THREADS, the student organization for the Department of Consumer, Apparel and Retail Studies, will present their 8th annual fashion show, “The Four Elements,” April 5 at the Empire Room, 203 S. Elm St.

Tickets for the event are $15 for preferred seating, $10 general admission and $7 with a student ID. THREADS will also co-host an after-show concert with WUAG 103.1 FM, featuring Fine Peduncle and Paper Planet, in the Regency Room. Entrance for the concert is $5. Tickets for both events may be purchased at the door. Tickets for the fashion show are available online at Tickets for the concert may be purchased in advance at CFBG at 930 S. Chapman St.

Doors to the fashion show will open at 7 p.m. for cocktail hour with the show beginning at 8 p.m. The second half of the night will feature upper level design students and their capsule collections.

The student run fashion show will highlight student designers and their perspectives of one or more of Earth’s elements — earth, water, fire and wind — said Mckensie Robinson, THREADS treasurer and a junior majoring in consumer apparel, design and retail studies.

Money raised by the annual event is reinvested in the student group, Robinson said, including funding scholarships for the winners of an annual retailing case study competition.

Having a hand in every aspect of the fashion show — from booking the venue to designing the outfits — gives students valuable, real-world experience, said Dr. Nancy Nelson Hodges, a professor in the department. “They are putting into practice what they have learned and they are doing it independently,” she said. “It’s a real production. They do a wonderful job of it.”

Free parking will be available in the venue parking deck on Davie Street and February 1 Place. Valet parking will also be available for a fee.

For additional information, contact Robinson at


By Lanita Withers Goins