50 years of style shows: Student showcase returns to campus May 11

This year's CREO fashion show on May 11 will feature the up-and-coming designers of tomorrow and include a look back through 50 years of student-produced shows.

CREO is taken from the Latin word for "to make, create or produce" and refers to the University's annual celebration of creativity from the School of Arts and Design.

There will be shows at 1:30 p.m., 6 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. at the Bloechl Center on the Mount Mary campus. Ticket pricing varies; visit mtmary.edu/creo for ticket information.

This live fashion production is organized and executed by merchandise management students who spend a semester planning every detail of the event. The show, themed "Mode Uninhibited," features over 80 garments from senior, junior and sophomore students in fashion design.

The show's opening montage will feature a montage of photos and video clips from the past 50 years. "Our Fashion Show Coordination Class has spent countless hours going through historic photos, slides and scrapbooks," said Trish Kuehnl, assistant professor for Fashion Merchandise Management and CREO faculty coordinator. "This will be a unique show, as we are highlighting the collections of our senior designers as well as our Historic Costume Collection." Sophomore design students have picked outfits from Mount Mary's collection as design inspiration in creating their own pieces for the show.

Within the next few weeks, students will actively document the #mountmarycreo garment design and creation, along with behind-the-scenes planning, on social media such as Mount Mary University Fashion Deptartment Instagram and Facebook.

The support of Milwaukee's fashion and retail community take the form of event sponsorship and achievement awards from community and industry supporters. This year's sponsors include Fashion Angels, Pieper Electric, Carolyn Megal, BMO Harris Bank, and Enterforce. Student achievement awards are sponsored by Donna Ricco, Florida Perry Smith, Kohl's, Harley-Davidson Motor Company, A.J. Ugent, A Little Something Bridal and Nancy's Notions.

The fashion show is part of the annual art and design celebration that also includes senior exhibitions from the School of Arts and Design. For more information about the campus events and fashion show, visit mtmary.edu/creo.