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California State University, Long Beach

Campus Couture Fashion Show – 25 Years at “The Beach”

A 25 year-old tradition will be celebrated during the annual California State University Long Beach (CSULB) Campus Couture Fashion Show on Friday, May 10, 2013 at 7:00pm at the Carpenter Performing Arts Center.   Featured garments are original designs, constructed, and modeled by students enrolled in the university’s Textile and Clothing major course of study in the CSULB Fashion Merchandising and Design program. While design students create the garments, Fashion Merchandising students participate in the leadership, fundraising, and production of the show.

The Campus Couture Fashion Show is a signature event that brings national attention to CSULB as home to one of the foremost Fashion Merchandising and Design programs in American higher education.  Strategically located in trend-setting southern California, fashion design students at “The Beach” utilize the event to showcase the creativity that embodies our region’s casual but elegant lifestyle known world-wide and emulated in the high fashion houses of Paris, Milan, and Tokyo. 

Professor Suzanne Marshall, director of the FMD program, is the faculty advisor who mentors the student event coordinators on various aspects of the Campus Couture Fashion Show.  Under her guidance, it has grown to become one of the largest student-run events at CSULB.  Planning and fundraising begins a year in advance in order for the students to have the opportunity to create their designs, and produce and market the show.  The 25th Anniversary student event coordinators are Fashion Merchandising and Design students.

The Fashion Merchandising and Design Program at CSULB

Housed within The Department of Family and Consumer Sciences, the academic mission of the Fashion Merchandising and Design program is to offer baccalaureate degree programs of study to develop professionals in apparel design, product development, production, and merchandising. Instruction, research, and service are combined to meet individual, family, and international community textile and apparel needs. Minors are also offered in both Fashion Merchandising and Textiles.

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