URI's 'Insomnia' fashion show designed to
keep you awake for weeks
KINGSTON, R.I. -- March 30, 2000 -- The University of Rhode Island Fashion
Merchandising Society promises an eye-opening evening when it presents Insomnia,
Wednesday, April 5 at 7 p.m.
This year's fashion show, to be held at the Memorial Union Ballroom,
"represents freedom of styleanything goes," according to Kristen
Baran, president of the society and a senior in URI's Textiles, Fashion
Merchandising and Design Department. Admission is $5 and $3 for students.
Fifteen URI student-designers will present their own clothing lines,
some of which have been made from patterns, while others have been created
from the students own designs. Thirty students will model a total of 81
Baran said the students purchase their own fabrics, thread and patterns,
if patterns are used.
Baran who is from Freehold, N.J., will be one of the students showing
a clothing line, called Mystique. "I actually started my clothes last
semester, so I've been working on them about six months. We've all been
working on the entire show since mid-September.
"We'll be presenting sleep wear, career wear, sportswear, club wear
and eveningwear," Baran said. "There will be a wedding scene."
Each designer has selected music to match his or her clothing line presentations.
"We've also worked hard to improve the decorations and the set this
year," Baran said. "The Ballroom is going to feature a nighttime
scene to go with the whole Insomnia theme."
Baran said organizing the show has helped her prepare for a career in
fashion marketing or fashion public relations.
"You get to know all the behind the scenes steps needed to put on
a show. We had a good turnout last year, but I think we will do even better
Baran said she has enjoyed the preparations, but the best part is the
show itself. "It's seeing how all your hard work has come together.
Being out on the stage just gives you a high; you have that energy that
lasts all night and for a couple of days."
For Further Information:
Kristen Baran 401-783-6536, Dave Lavallee 401-874-2116