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Student-produced fashion show will highlight fairy tales

Student-produced fashion show will highlight fairy tales

March 21
18:30 2013

Olivia Sylvain / Intern

Merchandising Inc., a university organization for those interested in fashion, will host “A Twisted Tale,” a fashion show co-produced by two UNT students on Saturday in the Silver Eagle Suite at 7 p.m. The show will feature fashion styled and modeled by UNT students.

Merchandising juniors and co-producers Tyshala Bluitt and Emily Hoffman found 55 models to wear clothing styled by the 25 stylists participating in the show through a model call at The Treehouse restaurant in Denton.

The theme of the show follows pop culture’s recent fascination with warped fairytales. Filmmakers have been packing classic fairytales with A-list actors and dark twists for years. Recent movies like “Beastly”, “Snow White and the Huntsman” and “Mirror Mirror” have fostered this trend.

“We started working on the concept for the show last year,” Hoffman said. “We sat down over the summer and came up with the idea for a twisted fairytale theme because it’s been trending.”

“A Twisted Tale” will give students an opportunity to use the trend in their own ways just as the classic tales inspire fashion designers, Howard said.

Merchandising junior and secretary of Merchandising Inc. Julio Santos says it takes a lot of creativity for the stylists to put together their unique clothing.

“The process of taking classic fairytales and interpreting them into looks that are fashionable and wearable requires a lot of research and imagination,” Santos said.

Merchandising Inc. has hosted several shows in the past including a school spirited show for the UNT Bookstore titled “How Do You Wear Your Green?” last semester. Bluitt also produced last semester’s show and admits that it is a very demanding job.

“There is no easy part,” Bluitt said. “But the best part is the fact that everyone gets to see all the hard work and dedication that went into the show.”

Merchandising junior and fashion blogger Jaleesa Howard was excited to work in another production with Merchandising Inc., this time as a stylist rather than the other behind the scenes work she did in previous shows.

“I’m almost done at UNT so I wanted to have an opportunity to style because it’s what I want to do in my career,” Howard said.

Merchandising Inc. is open to any students interested in fashion and retail. The group provides creative outlets for members to develop their skills and prepare for their careers. The show is funded by Merchandising Inc. and proceeds from it will go toward the organization in order to produce future fashion shows.

More information about the show and Merchandising Inc. can be found on Facebook. Tickets for the show are $5 presale and $8 at the door.

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