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URI’s Textiles, Fashion Merchandising, and Design students to make waves with Spring Splash fashion show

Media Contact: Dave Lavallee, 401-874-5862

KINGSTON, R.I. -- April 10, 2008 -- The University of Rhode Island’s Textiles, Fashion Merchandising and Design Department will present its fifth annual “Spring Splash” fashion show Thursday, April 17.

The event, subtitled “Bella Moda,” will present the best student designs as chosen by a panel of expert judges during a show open to all URI students last week.

The Spring Splash will begin with a black tie-optional reception at 5 p.m. in the University Club, followed by dinner at 6 p.m. before the fashion show. The show will run from 8 to 9:30 p.m. in the Memorial Union Ballroom.

Tickets for the entire evening are $125, or $25 for the fashion show only. Proceeds will benefit the department, primarily in the form of need-based scholarships. Tickets for the reception, dinner and show must be purchased by Friday, April 11. Tickets for the fashion show only can be purchased up until the night of the event. Contact Valerie Morgan-Addison at 874-4574 or valm@uri.edu for ticket information.

The department will award more than $10,000 in scholarships, as well as awards for the best design. A “Wall of Fame” induction will take place during the show to recognize the achievements of alumni in the textiles, fashion and marketing fields.

Glenn S. Palmer, URI Class of 1975, and his wife, Jarka, are sponsoring the reception. Blue Holdings, Inc. sponsors the fashion show. Its brands are: Antik Denim, Faith Connexion, TavernitiSO Jeans and Yanuk. Program printing sponsor is the TJX Cos., Inc.