Monday, March 2, 2015

Mo's Makeover

Time for a Makeover
Banner posted on the UCM website to encourage votes
Mo the Mule turned 93 on February 15, 2015.  A celebration was held in honor of his birthday on Friday February 20, 2015.  However, this was not just any regular celebration; it was one where he got a makeover!  Fashion and Apparel Merchandising students were asked by University Relations to create an updated look for Mo that also represented the entire student body.  Thirteen fashion students submitted complete looks and a committee that included Mo himself, chose the top three looks.  These three looks combined elements from several different stylist's outfits.  UCM staff, students, faculty, and alumni could cast their votes until Thanksgiving.  The results would be shared at Mo's birthday.

The Big Event
Melissa Abner and fashion majors recognized at event
The big day finally came with over 100 guests to help celebrate.  Mo's birthday party contained many fun activities to celebrate not only his birthday but also the grand reveal.  There were performances from the UCM Mulekickers and cheerleaders, as well as a raffle provided by Spotlight.  One cannot forget to mention the wonderful free refreshments and cake at the event.  Students could also take silly photos with Mo in his new outfit after the big reveal, and got the chance to sign his birthday card.  Professor Melissa Abner and the thirteen fashion students who submitted outfits were also recognized during this time.  However, the best part of the entire event was seeing Mo bust onto the stage with his new look.

Mo's birthday card
The Reveal
Mo burst through the curtains and onto the stage in his new outfit, which included a letterman's jacket, dark-wash jeans, a UCM shirt, and red Converse.  Over 1,000 votes came in from students, alumni, staff, and faculty and the winning option was number two.  The fashion designers who created his new look were Jessica Williams and Madelyn Parkhurst.  Williams noted that "the fact the school let the student body make the final decision on the outfit shows that the students' voices matter."  Mo also seemed to be pleased with the new outfit as he posed for multiple pictures.  

Mo strikes a pose in his new outfit

This is a celebration that Mo, UCM, and fashion majors will always remember.

See the big event, grand reveal, and personal interviews here:

Written by: Katelin Ritchhart

Monday, May 5, 2014

Not Trash

Haute Trash History

Dress made out of photo negatives by Kelsey Callahan
for Haute Trash 2014 at UCM
Haute Trash was started by a women named Susan Lamela in 1983. She had the idea to make clothing out of what would be considered "trash" when she was repairing a suit.. The first Haute Trash fashion show was in Nevada, California and was called "The Cutting Edge of Fashion".  It had 21 outfits made from aluminum, trash bags and plastic wrap with duck tape. Three years later two new designers came Mary X (Mary Welch) and Mr. Perception (Cyrstal Fivenson) for the "Outer Wear for the Inner You" show. They picked the date 8/8/88 for their next show and called it "Hot Trash". September of 1990 was the best year for trash fashion and the name "Haute Trash" was coined with the "Haute Trash-Objet Trouve Fashions". Haute Trash worked with many non-profit, recycling and environmental organizations and had hundreds of shows throughout the Hawaiian Islands between1991 and 2000. After the founder Susan Lamela died in June 2000 Prima Debris wanted a Haute Trash comeback. So in 2001 ater joining Rayona at the Oregon Country Fair, Prima came back to Cali to start trash again. In 2006 they officially became NonProfit and started developing education programs.

Haute Trash at UCM

Jasmine Thomas in a skirt made of two broken umbrellas
UCM 365 Earth Day week holds lots of different events, one of them being Haute Trash. It is something that UCM has done for 5 years now. Donna Bodenhamer has been bringing Haute Trash to UCM as a part of Earth Week. Melissa Abner a professor at UCM in the fashion program has been involved in Haute Trash. Abner teaches Sustainability of Consumer Products, which teaches about how to green up your wardrobe among other things.
This year I was able to work backstage at Haute Trash and it was a very good experience. Everyone involved really wants to be there to support this great organization. The models are people that come back year to year with new "Trash" clothing that they have made. The people involved get really excited to show everyone what they have made. Helping these people out was really fun and exciting. I can see why people come back year to year to help out with this show and I think its a very great thing to be apart of.

Our Show 2014

Dress made out of Pepsi plastic
Dress made out of fax flowers
The show this year was full of really creative clothing ideas. There were many talented people who worked on and participated in the show. Some examples of what the outfits were made out of are a dress made out of ties sewn together Pepsi plastic, a red old purse made into a shirt and skirt, a dress made out of fax flowers, a dress made out of a store sign banner and many more. Also there were many booths set up for by charity's and eco-friendly businesses in the area. Examples are The Change Jar, Johnson County Sheltered Workshop, Greener living ideas, hand made jewelry, collage art and a booth for wedding dresses. Over all this years show was very successful and everyone put in hard work. I think every year is going to get better and better.
Ways to live greener booth
The Change Jar booth
Keri Landes

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Art Bra KC 2014

Celebrating the Art of Survival in Style

Written by: Kristin Sands

The Event

Silent Auction
Art Bra Fashion Show
On May 2nd, the Art Bra event took place in the Downtown Airport in Kansas City. This event sold around 900 tickets which were priced at $75 for general admission and $150 for VIP guests. The VIP guests were allowed early access to the event, special entertainment, appetizers and drinks. The event went to benefit women and men who have breast cancer and are either uninsured or under-insured and included a fashion show with personal stories about the breast cancer survivors who model the bras. The event also included a silent auction as well as a live auction. The bra that went for the most money during the live auction was the Kansas City Chiefs bra that the Chiefs Head Coach, Andy Reid purchased for $8,000. The Sporting KC bra went for $7,100 and was given out by two of the players for the team. Three of the UCM Student's designs were featured in the Fashion Show. The Fashion Program was able to donate over 30 bras for the event. UCM as a whole was able to provide around 80 volunteers for the event from Delta Zeta Sorority, the Family and Consumer Sciences Education program, and the Fashion and Apparel Merchandising Program.  See the UCM student designs featured here

Personal Story

Calli Brewer is a freshman at the University of Central Missouri. She designed a bra for the event and it was selected to be in the fashion show. Here is a quote from Brewer about her experience, not only designing a bra, but also volunteering her time at the event itself:
Breast Cancer Survivor, Steph and Bra Designer, Calli Brewer
"Working Art Bra Kansas City has been one of the most amazing things I have ever done. I am so honored to have had the bra I made chosen to be modeled in the fashion show. Even better, I met this beautiful, amazing survivor and model, Steph. She was an inspiration to me!! There really isn't any words to describe her strength and spunky, positive attitude. And it was awesome to hear that she had graduated from UCM!!! It felt so good when 3 of the Main Directors (of Art Bra) came up to me and thanked us for working and telling me that Delta Zeta did amazing tonight. There is no doubt that I will be donating a bra again next year and volunteering for this awesome event!!! #ArtBraKC"

Calli Brewer is just one example of many volunteers and designers that made this event possible and made a huge impact on the Kansas City community as a whole.  

Pictures from the night

Volunteers from UCM (Delta Zeta Sorority)
UCM Student Kristin Sands (right) & the woman 
who purchased her bra in the Silent Auction (left)

Monday, April 28, 2014

FAME Takes on Sin City at MAGIC

UCM FAME Takes on Sin City
UCM Fashion Students at Magic 

              Every year the UCM fashion department is fortunate enough to send around 20 students to The Magic trade show in Las Vegas, Nevada. This year the students attended the all day event on Wednesday, February 19th. When we first arrived at the Las Vegas Convention Center, it was a warm 60 degrees and the students were rocking some trendy outfits.  Our first event for the day was a Women’s Wear Daily presentation by James Campbell. Campbell was giving the audience a presentation on what he perceived as the hottest trends for fall 2014 straight off the runway. One of them he mentioned was Kaleidoscope, meaning colorful brights, tribal and bold prints, bold lines such as ombre and water color looks. Campbell also gave us an idea of trending themes for fall 2014 from the runway, one of these was “Rebel Yell” a grunge Goth with luxe fabrics. Ideas within this theme would be plaids, sheer fabrics and leather will also be very prominent in the fall. I was truly inspired by James Campbell‘s presentation and left with an eagerness to shop!

Sara and Emily with James Campbell WWD 
After attending two trend focasting lectures we moved on to the Project buying floor. As ten young shopaholics we found ourselves more eager to buy items than to only see them displayed on the floor. We saw several booths that had great visual displays and took away many ideas for outfit inspirations. We spent most of our free time in the young contemporary section of the market. Although a majority of the vendors weren't very open to chatting with students some of them were very inviting and let us walk around their booth and ask questions. Here are pictures of some of Emily and my personal favorite booths.

Fifty Street Fashion 
Desigual Clothing booth 
POL Fashion 
When our time at the market came to an end you can guess where most of us headed. Fashion Island Mall, we shopped for a solid 4 hours after being so inspired from the fashion world. We all felt very fortunate to be able to see some of the behind the scenes action in the fashion world.

Written by Emily Reid and Sara Mackay  

The Art of Survival

The Art of Survival 

Written by Danielle Punch and Madelyn Parkhurst

Every year students from the UCM campus support breast cancer awareness by creating a bra of art. These students will spend anywhere from a week to two weeks of work in hopes that a model who is a breast cancer survivor, will be able to flaunt their bra down the runway. Many of these students feel personally touched by the efforts of Art Bra KC and their dedication to finding a cure for breast cancer. 

Community Give Back

Fashion Show 2013
Art Bra KC is sponsored by many different businesses of the community each year, such as Ameristar Cares, KCTV5, Infiniti of Kansas City, and many more. It is not hard to see that this is quite the event. Not only do sponsors give their time and money to this amazing cause, but others such as the UCM Fashion program also feel the desire to give back. One great way these students choose to do so is by using their creative minds towards crafting a bra that could potentially be sold and proceeds go towards the Missy's Boutique Patient in Need Fund at The University of Kansas Hospital. 

When and Where

April 4th, 2014 there was a showcase of all of the bras, which will be followed by the actual ArtBraKC event that will take place on May 2nd, 2014, at the Kansas City Union Station from 7:00p.m. to 11:00p.m. Two of the three student creations, Katie Hamill and Calli Brewer, shown below will actually be in the fashion show. Only the top 25 bras are modeled and auctioned off during the live fashion show. The rest of the bras will be placed in the silent auctions and live auctions. Tickets became available on sale March 7th. 

UCM Student Creations

Created by Kristin Sands
Created by Calli Brewer
Created by Katie Hamill

Wedding On A Budget: Thrift Store Flowers

Wedding On A Budget: Thrift Store Flowers

Just like any other modern day bride, Pinterest is my new best friend. Although the website is great for gathering ideas, inspirations, and how-to's, it isn't great at breaking down the price in the description box under the picture before you fall in love with the pin. 

One of the first things I did after finding my dress was look for a gorgeous, huge bouquet that I would be carrying down the isle. However, after talking with multiple florists and asking different new brides, I found out that my dream bouquet would cost me about $600, and that with all of the bouquets for the rest of the wedding party, I would most likely spend about $2000 in flowers alone. 

So, this is where I found out about fabric flowers. While doing more research on my wedding and the cost of all my vendors, I found few blogs about how to cut costs at weddings. While the blogs always talked about being your own DJ, hiring your cousin to video tape the wedding, and getting married in a park, I also read a little bit about fabric or fake flowers. 

Fake flowers have their perks- they last longer, their color doesn't rub off on your dress, they don't wilt and die half way through the night, etc. However, personally, I think fake flowers are tacky. I looked a little more into fake flower alternatives, and this is where I discovered fabric flowers- true fabric that you make into whatever flower you want. 
Obviously, one of the main materials needed to make fabric flowers is fabric, which if you don't pay attention, can be just as expensive as real flowers themselves. This is where thrift store fabric comes in. Most formal dresses are 100% polyester, which when exposed to heat, melts on the edges and creates a pedal shape. Also, most dresses range from $5-20 at thrift stores, making it a lot less then buying a few yards of expensive polyester.

You will need the following items to make your flowers:

• Dress/Garment of Your Choice
• Scissors
• Candle and Matches
• Sewing Needle and Thread
• Button/Brooch for the center of the fabric
• Glue

Once you have all your materials, you are ready to begin! 

First, pick out a garment

• Make sure the dress or garment is 100% polyester
• Match the garment with your wedding colors
• Look at the price and be sure to compare it to actual flowers.

Next, you need to cut the garment into pieces that will allow you to cut out your flowers easiest.

• Cut the fabric up in sections that will allow you to get the most bang for your buck. Cut it out along the trims and apart from the sections you can't use in the flower

Next you need to cut circles out of the fabric (These circles will be your pedals).

• Cut circles out in sizes that you want. I like to have the bigger flowers that are the size of English roses- large, luscious flowers. With large flowers comes many sizes of pedals, so go down a few sizes in the pedals as well. I typically do 2-3 large circles, 3-4 medium ones, and 2-3 small circles.
• Don’t throw away extra pieces- you will be able to use them in some way in your bouquet.

After you have cut the circles, it is time to melt the edges.

• Don’t Touch the Flame to the fabric as it will burn it- instead, just set the flame near it and it will melt on its own.
• Rotate the fabric as it Melts
• Use Tongs If Needed- the flame can be hot so be sure and have tongs or tweasers near.

Next, you will lay the pedals on top of each other to create the flower.

• Lay Them In Appealing Way that creates a pretty blossom. Don't just lay them on top of each other and call it good.

After you have the pedals where you want them, you will need to secure then with a stitch.

Finally, you nee to insert the center of the flower.

• Use Something With a Flat Back that will lay nicely.
• Glue Or Secure the item in the middle. I am using my grandmother's brooches in some of the flowers, so I am securing them with thread. For my bridesmaid flowers, I am using old button that I am sewing down. 

What’s Next?
I want to be able to use my flowers in more ways than one after my wedding. I have already started creating a bouquet, and next I will make my flower girl's headbands with some of the flowers. In the mean time, I have been decorating house hold items with them.

Written by: Jennie Ritchie

Sunday, April 27, 2014

A Wardrobe To Tell A Story

For as long as I can remember, I have been fascinated by treasures. Now, I'm not talking about any buried loot on some pirate's island or anything, I'm talking clothing treasures. I firmly believe that a wardrobe is incomplete unless I know it is telling a story. Anyone can go to the store and buy an outfit, but it won't really mean much more than that. It is just an outfit. It is just a bit more exciting to know that maybe this bracelet is from the 1950's worn by my great grandmother and my shirt may have been worn in the 80's. Maybe it has seen the world. I like to frequent my grandmother's closet (boy are there some stories in there) as well as flea markets and antique stores.

Is That Your Grandma's Coat? 

Vintage coats are what are really just blowing me away right now. There is a huge trend right now in oversized coats and fur coats. I was in Topshop recently with my grandmother and we came across this beautiful coat that I'd had my eye on for a few months by then. My grandmother passes it and says, "Oh well I've got something just like this that I bought in Halls over 20 years ago." Sure enough, next time I saw her, she brought out this beautiful coat that was even better than the one in Topshop. 

The shoes I am wearing in the above picture are from this adorable little vintage store I stumbled into when walking around Hollywood this summer. I had been seeing this type of shoe for ages but could never figure out where to find them because every time I asked someone, they always said they were from thrift stores. I knew when I saw them I just had to have them. They were falling apart a little when I got them, but I just took them to a shoe repair and they were good as new(ish). I love wearing these shoes with little ruffle socks poking out the top when I wear dresses and tights. They also look really cool with cropped jeans and some decorative sock showing in the middle. 

Don't worry, that's not all about this outfit that is a vintage love. The hat I am wearing came from my Great Uncle. Supposedly he bought it back in his hippie days when he was galavanting the country having adventure after adventure. I think that one of the greatest things about wearing little trinkets like this is the inspiration it gives me. I am ready to make my own adventure. There is a lot of pressure on us nowadays to go to school, grow up, get a job, and from there you're pretty much set. No one alots any adventure time anymore. 

Circus Elephants

This crop top featured in this outfit is a lovely trinket I picked up at a flea market in Brooklyn, New York. I bought it from some ultra hip girl in her late 20s. It may not be vintage (maybe it is) but I know it has a story. That is what fascinates me. 
Fun fact: the bracelets I am wearing are also my grandmother's from the 60s. She picked up some beautiful treasures in that decade and is generous enough to gift me some of them. 

Combat Baby

These boots are some very hidden treasures I found at Those Were The Days in Warrensburg, MO. There are some very unexpected gems in that store. Anyhow, one day I was wasting time in there when I found just this one red boot. The ladies looked around for an incredibly long time to find the second but I was just so in love. What are the odds that the shoe would just happen to be my size? I looked up the company when I got home and as it turns out, they are from some cowboy boot company (definitely not what I expected) but they are really great quality. 

I like to think of life as one big treasure hunt. The more I get to incorporate my findings, the better. Hey, it creates one heck of a story. 

Written by: Mackenzie Clayton