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Style on Campus: fashion department theme day

On Thursday, September 25, The Cascade received a tip detailing unusual activity: students dressed in onesies were seen walking around and congregating in C building. Armed with a camera and voice recorder, we tracked the cuddly cabal to their headquarters, where we chatted with spokesperson and fashion design student Wren Barber, among others.

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By Martin Castro (The Cascade) – Email

Print Edition: October 1, 2014

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On Thursday, September 25, The Cascade received a tip detailing unusual activity: students dressed in onesies were seen walking around and congregating in C building. Armed with a camera and voice recorder, we tracked the cuddly cabal to their headquarters, where we chatted with spokesperson and fashion design student Wren Barber, among others.

Situated a in room full of needles, tape measures, and various sizes and colours of cloth needles, the advanced garment construction class was busy at work.

“We’re making a half-jacket,” explained Barber, “so we can prep up for [the construction] of a full-size jacket.” Other students went on to explain that half-jackets are a useful practice exercise as they don’t require as much fabric as a full jacket. “[The reasoning behind using a half-jacket] is that we can get used to sewing full-size [garments], but not waste a ton of fabric.”

The onesies, it turned out, were the result of a previous project the class had been working on. “We had all made onesies before, so we [decided to wear them today],” said Barber.

She went on to inform us that the Fashion Design Student Association, of which she is one of the vice-presidents, has deemed “every third Thursday of the month … [as] a fashion department theme day.” As if being able to create their own clothes wasn’t incentive enough, UFV students now have the monthly opportunity to dress up in accordance to what will no doubt prove to be increasingly interesting themes and motifs.

A fairly low-key program, the fashion design courses offered at UFV might prove to be as entertaining, informative, challenging, and rewarding for students interested in fashion as it has evidently been for the students currently enrolled in the program.

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