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NMSU fashion show highlights creations of student designers


Nearly two dozen students in New Mexico State University’s Fashion Merchandising and Design program participated in the Aggie Fashion Club’s 2022 Sustainable Met Gala Fashion Show, held April 7 at Corbett Center.

“We had 20 models, which included some designers wearing their own designs,” said Assistant Professor Kelley Coffeen, who directs the Fashion Merchandising and Design program.

"Our students are either focused on fashion design or fashion merchandising,” Coffeen said. “This annual event brings those two groups together. This show requires special events planning, marketing, style, choreography, and of course, fashion design. It was a great effort and success.”

The event was open to the public.

The NMSU Fashion Merchandising and Design Program “focuses on the diverse aspects of the fashion industry,” according to the program’s website. It includes courses in apparel construction and design, textile science, fashion merchandising and promotion, with supporting coursework in art, accounting, business administration, communications, marketing and management.

“I had so much fun being part of this fashion show because the last time we had the opportunity to run it I was a freshman and now I am a senior, which brings a lot of nostalgia and excitement,” said Lara Alvarez, one of the show’s models, a Fashion Merchandising and Design student and Coffeen’s assistant. “I am glad I had the chance to plan this event and I hope that the next generations keep on doing this new tradition that we are trying to incorporate to NMSU,” Alvarez added.