LEXINGTON, Kentucky (March 9, 2022) — Warming temperatures and a waning pandemic have many fashionistas eager to see and be seen. At least, that’s what the University of Kentucky merchandising, clothing and textiles students hope.
Undergraduates invite the campus and the greater Lexington community to their “Color Me Kentucky“Fashion show scheduled for 6 p.m. Thursday, April 14, at the Longship Club in Kroger Field.
Coordinating and executing this event is the primary focus of students in the MAT 559: Fashion Show Production class.
“MAT 559 students produce the fashion show from start to finish, partnering with local boutiques and showcasing as much Lexington fashion as possible,” said Scarlett Wesley, lecturer and associate professor at retail and tourism management UK College of Agriculture, Food and Environment.
The class provides hands-on learning, and funds raised through the show go towards student travel opportunities, such as the department’s Paris Fashion Week program. With potential purses on the table – or a track, if you will – organizers are particularly keen to stage the event on a scale not seen since 2019, including the return of a cocktail party and an auction. silent.
This year, the students are elevating the show even further. In addition to a new venue and increased capacity, students receive motivation and creative inspiration from Lexington fashion forward Elisabeth Goth.
“At the age of five, I was using ChapStick to stick outfits on my paper dolls,” said Goth, whose passion and style remained throughout her working life in the Saddlebred industry.
Outside of her horse work, Goth’s personal adventures have taken her to international fashion shows, relationships with top designers, and an exceptional wardrobe filled with unique, handmade garments. These experiences, coupled with a commitment to lifelong learning, led her to the Merchandising Program in the UK in the fall of 2021, where she joined Wesley’s Merchandising Strategy course. Since then, Goth has had “tremendous fun” learning alongside students, offering advice and instilling in them the importance of individualism, a value she considers paramount in both fashion and fashion. in life.
“America is one of the few countries that doesn’t recognize fashion as an art, and that’s why I want to be involved with this program,” Goth said. “It fills me with joy to see the energy and enthusiasm radiating from these students.”
MAT 559 students took Goth enthusiasm to heart.
“Elisabeth was a real inspiration,” said Whitney Augustine, a junior merchandising, apparel and textiles student. “She is the true meaning of being 100% yourself…(and) she allowed us to not limit our vision in this show.”
Besides being an irreplaceable soundboard and cheerleader, Goth lends several couture pieces to the show and a special friend: TV personality, actor and designer Carson Kressley, who will preside as master of ceremonies for the event.
“This fashion show is already pushing us all out of our comfort zones, making us more confident, more informed,” Augustine said. “And Carson Kressley will be the icing on the cake.”
While the fashion show promises to be an unforgettable event, Goth hopes the students will remember something long after the evening is over.
“Above all, I hope these students will have the courage to go and do and be…exactly who they are. For me, fashion has always been a way to express that.
VIP show and general admission tickets can be purchased at https://go.uky.edu/fashionshow while stocks last. Local retailers interested in advertising at the event, donating an item to the silent auction, or contributing merchandise for attendee goodie bags can contact Scarlett Wesley at [email protected]