Dr. Carol Engel-Enright with students Estefany Montoya, Emily Short, Karolyn Jones, Kendra Lyons and Nicole Pink.
It was an emotional evening when the talented seniors of Colorado State University’s Department of Design and Merchandising presented the finale of their work in splendid fashion at the Lincoln Center in Fort Collins.
The all-student production was an impressive culmination of concept, marketing, graphics, garment design, facilities, staging, model selection and fittings, entertainment and special effects, ticket-selling and sponsor gathering, under the direction and guidance of revered instructor and internship coordinator Dr. Carol Engel-Enright.
Carol’s beloved husband, Terry Enright, had passed away after being hospitalized from a tragic traffic accident just weeks before the final details of the 2017 Fashion Show were to be completed. Ascent (the act of ascending–upward movement) couldn’t have been a more appropriate theme that was chosen months ago. This show was one of Terry’s favorite events, which he supported his wife. The evening was dedicated to his memory. Three of the couple’s children were on hand from Denver as well—Dr. Tara, Tess and Dora Enright Michniok.
A contingent of fashionistas and Fashion Group International Denver members were on hand to support Dr. Engel-Enright. Back row: Mini Camp, Holly Nitsche, past Regional Director Scottie Iverson and past Regional Director Nathalia Faribault. Front row: past Regional Director Cynthia Petrus, Vicky Nolan, Linda Louise Fankboner and past Regional Director Carol Engel-Enright.
Even delectable cookies were emblazoned with the 2017 theme logo.
It was an effort that combined creativity, time and resourcefulness from an extraordinary committee of young men and women, garnering contributions and extensive support throughout Colorado. Even Rural Colorado Apparel Manufacturing’s Mike Benson came over from Julesburg. Committee member Nicole Pink’s mom and grandmother flew in from Chicago.
Dr. Engel-Enright thanked the faculty, department head Dr. Nancy Miller and CSU President Dr. Tony Frank.
She also praised the students who have or are enjoying internships from Boulder and Denver to Los Angeles, New York and beyond, including Paris.
“This is one of the best design programs in the country,” Engel-Enright said, announcing that six gifted CSU students were winners, receiving $5,000 scholarships from the Fashion Scholarship Fund in New York.
After receiving double B.S degrees at Kansas State University, Engel-Enright, herself, earned her A.A.S. from the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York, and her M.S. and Ph.D. from CSU.
Celebrity judges, who had a challenge selecting winners from the 14 top designers represented on stage by 81 student models, were Anabella Poletti, Anabella Design House in Fort Collins; Colin Turek, Fashion Scholarship Fund in New York; Brittany Pillard, the Cashmere Gypsy, Fashion Blogger; and Heather Okimoto, editor in chief, Denver Style magazine.
Colorado State University President Dr. Tony Frank, Department of Design and Merchandising Chair Dr. Nancy Miller and one of the judges Colin Turek of the Fashion Fund in New York City.
The winners: Tanner Landon from Denver: “Best Construction” for his collection of snow-sport wear for men and women; Caitlin Lund from Tennessee: “Most Innovative” for her collection intended for those in the artistic fields, Y Nhu Hong: “Best Designer” for her collection of elegant dresses making the wearer feel beautiful. Nina Mascheroni from Denver, who was in New York, won “Most Marketable” for her collection of career wear with a handmade artisan element.
Student models showcased designs of Y Nhu Hong, whose passion for evening wear has sparked an interest in film costume. With her blend of American and Vietnamese culture, she hopes to intern with Disney. Photo by John Eisele, Colorado State University
An entire collection, from dresses to casual wear, were cleverly draped and designed by the junior class from various colors of recycled military parachutes. They were donated by Aspen Pointe, a nonprofit organization dedicated to veteran rehabilitation in Colorado Springs.
Dr. Diane Sparks, faculty member in Design and Merchandising at CSU, and well-known Denver fashion designer Brooks Luby. Photos by Scottie Taylor Iverson
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