Discovering true abilities and talent

The idea of a fashion show typically brings to mind clothing, shoes and models.

Royal Brougham Pavilion was transformed into a fashion runway, complete with VIP seating and flashing lights.

Festivities were brought to a halt however, when bomb threats initiated a campus-wide lockdown on Saturday, May 21; as a result the Forces of Fashion Show was cancelled and has been rescheduled for June 6.

Determined to present designers work, the club has regrouped.

“Club officers decided that there wasn’t an option. We have worked really hard to make the show happen and we owe it to the amazing student designers to host a fashion event to showcase their work,” Brynn Williams, publicist of the SPU MODE Fashion Group said.

Though it was difficult to be faced with a setback after a year of planning, Williams affirmed that leaders of MODE refuse to give up.

The club has been invited by KING 5 news station to appear on the segment New Day Northwest to be interviewed about the fashion show and feature some of the designs.

Andrew Lake | The Falcon Junior Brynn Williams addresses the audience.

Andrew Lake | The Falcon
Junior Brynn Williams addresses the audience.

Despite setbacks, two Seattle Pacific University students are exemplifying how broad and difficult the work is that goes into putting on a fashion show.   

Williams, a junior with an apparel merchandising major and business minor, and Jeanette Erickson, a junior with a design major have been preparing for Seattle Pacific University’s Forces of Fashion Show.

“I’m glad I only did three looks! It was so hard and stressful, but I think the end result was worth it,” Erickson said as she recollects on all the time she had spent in preparation for one night.

It is one night that allows people like Erickson and Williams to discover where their true abilities lie and to demonstrate the extents of their talents and hard work.

Although the end result is worth the work, designers agree that the fashion show is full of intensity and stress. “Learning to work with creative people… typically, a fashion show is for one person, but this one is featuring twelve designers.” Williams said as she thinks about the most challenging portion of the fashion show.

The SPU fashion show is a demonstration of not only designer’s efforts, but the people behind the scenes as well. Though Jeanette has focused mainly in interior architecture, she has had to do a lot of sewing and embroidery in preparation for the fashion show.

Starting as freshmen back in 2013, both Brynn and Jeanette did not know what their true potential.

Andrew Lake | The Falcon Fashion model Jimmy Tsai walks out onto the runway modeling designs by Jacob Yang.

Andrew Lake | The Falcon
Fashion model Jimmy Tsai walks out onto the runway modeling designs by Jacob Yang.

The now juniors, both are confident in their love for design, but were previously unaware of the reality behind what their dreams.

Brynn originally entered into the apparel merchandising major with intentions to pursuing a career as buyer, specifically with Nordstrom.

However, by participating in the fashion show for the past three years and gaining job experience with her major Brynn has now discovered that her true desire is to become a fashion forecaster, ideally in London.

Additionally, Jeanette originally struggled with deciding whether or not she would build a path with interior design or fashion, but through the fashion show and her classes here at SPU Jeanette realized that her goal is to graduate with an interior design major in hopes in attaining a designing job with Starbucks.

Andrew Lake | The Falcon SPU MODE Publicist Brynn Williams gets her hair done in preparation for the Forces of Fashion Show that was originally to take place Saturday, May 21.

Andrew Lake | The Falcon
SPU MODE Publicist Brynn Williams gets her hair done in preparation for the Forces of Fashion Show that was originally to take place Saturday, May 21.

Both Jeanette and Brynn’s passion while discussing their design work illustrates how they were destined to be in the design major. “I believe my attention and love for little details is what makes me stand out and gives me a unique outlook on my major” Jeanette said has she discussed what she believed her greatest talents to be and how they help her excel in her major.

Passion is the main drive behind both Jeanette and Brynn’s work. The  most important advice Brynn would give a freshman is to pursue one’s passion.

“Say yes to every opportunity.”

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