A Common Thread at UH

Yu Shing Ting
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Wednesday - May 10, 2006

The University of Hawaii at Manoa Apparel Product Design & Merchandising Program staged its annual spring fashion show recently featuring the lines of six senior designers, and individual pieces by 10 student designers.

“The event is a showcase for the seniors — it’s kind of like their graduation ceremony,” says Diane Chung, assistant professor of APDM. “After this, it’s time to try out their talents in the industry.” The theme of the show was A Common Thread, inspired by the “close-knit bond” among the six graduating seniors: Christina Vines, Dana Kawamura, Sandy Suzuki, Jenna Weiss, Lisa Xiao and Dan Weaver.

From Asian-inspired cuts and prints to modernday ready-to-wear pieces, each designer’s individual personality and style was evident on the runway. Vines’ designs were inspired by the silhouettes of the 1950s, while Kawamura’s pieces featured a taste of East meets West. Suzuki’s creations were elegant and feminine, and Weiss’ style was laid-back and simple. Xiao’s fashions consisted of floral prints and classical styles, and Weaver’s line was street style and current fashions mixed with 1940s waistlines and embellishments.

At UH, the APDM program is part of the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences, which is under the College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources. Many graduates have gone on to become successful fashion designers, including Gail Rabideau of You & Me Naturally and Carolyn Chu at Local Motion.

The UH spring fashion show was produced by students in the APDM 430 (Fashion Promotion) class.

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