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Kelsey Lovatto drapes fabric on a dress form
“One of the things that attracted me to the fashion industry is that I can surround myself with creativity,” said Kelsey Lovatto, center.

Campus Couture Brings Out the Best

Each May, CSULB fashion design and merchandising students collaborate at the Campus Couture show held in the Carpenter Performing Arts Center before an audience of their families, fashion professionals and the public. The 24th annual event takes place May 10.

The show takes all academic year to produce, said Kelsey Lovatto, one of last year’s event coordinators. “The senior design students show a full line of what they’ve learned over their three-year process,” modeled by CSULB students chosen from a campus casting call. Juniors and selected sophomores also can appear in one of their own designs.

It’s an expensive event to mount, so students do a lot of fundraising and a professional show producer offers his services at a reduced rate, Lovatto said. “He wants to make sure that we walk away from this knowing how to work a fashion show and that it looks like a professional show.” Industry professionals come to judge the artistic merits, marketability and quality of the garments, as well as look for prospective employees.

Lovatto and her classmates are looking forward to the 24th annual Campus Couture on May 10. “I’ll have a full line this year. It’s a couple of weeks before graduation, so it almost feels like it’s graduation,” as much as commencement. “When you walk down that runway, it’s like getting your diploma.”