For the 11th year in a row, UNCG students in the Department of Consumer, Apparel, and Retail Studies (CARS) will show off their sleek, new designs at the annual UNCG Threads Fashion Show on Saturday, April 9, at 7:30 p.m. at the Marriott in downtown Greensboro.

From a collection inspired by outer space to designs that represent a variety of African cultures, the 28 student designs on this year’s runway are a mix of traditional, modern and everything in between.

The annual event is organized by Threads, the student organization of CARS. Not only are the students designing their own unique collections, but they’re also planning and running the entire event from start to finish.

“It’s a big commitment,” said senior Danielle Teah, who serves as treasurer of Threads. “Communication is key. I think it’s come together so well this year because we have really worked as a team.”

Since last April, the group has been working tirelessly to secure a venue, recruit models, seek sponsorships and market the event. The show serves as Threads’ largest fundraiser and will help fund next year’s show and smaller events and community service projects.

“I’m extremely proud of our students,” said Dr. Trisha Kemerly, an assistant professor in CARS and the faculty adviser of Threads. “The show isn’t just about apparel design – it incorporates all aspects of our department.”

According to Threads President Alycia Hill, the show is a great opportunity for students to get hands-on experience without the high costs normally associated with large-scale fashion shows. The models and hair and makeup artists will donate their time this Saturday, allowing students to save money on what is typically a large cost for designers.

For Hill, this year’s event marks the end of her time at UNCG.

“It’s bittersweet,” she said. “I’ve had my designs featured in the fashion show every year since I was a freshman. It’s been a great experience.”

Tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for seniors and $10 for students. VIP tickets are available for $30. To purchase tickets, click here. A limited number of tickets may be available for purchase at the door.

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Story by Alyssa Bedrosian, University Relations
Photography by Alyssa Bedrosian, University Relations