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The CARS student-run organization, THREADS, fosters community, professional development, and creative enrichment to greatly enhance your academic experience. Often, students tell us how much their time in THREADS has meant to them because of the social connections, experiential learning, and peer mentoring that the organization provides. THREADS hosts numerous networking events throughout the year to help CARS students find friends, study partners, internships and potential employers. Upperclassmen offer mentorship to newer students in the form of resume writing, interviewing tips and more.

THREADS is probably best known for its annual Spring Fashion Show, a frequently sold-out gala event that showcases student designs and exposes CARS students to the broader industry community. Membership in the organization is limited to undergraduates or graduate students enrolled in the CARS major or minor. Learn more about THREADS and why students are so passionate about their engagement with this active and supportive organization.

Threads’ 14th Annual Spring Fashion Show Overview

The Consumer, Apparel, and Retail Studies’ student organization, Threads’, held their 14th Annual Spring Fashion Show at the Marriott Hotel in downtown Greensboro on April 13th, 2019.  Threads’ annual fundraising event showed over 100 different looks and sold approximately 500 tickets, making this their biggest show yet.

The theme for this year’s show was nature inspired with flower petals on and off the runway.  The night started off with the Unconventional Challenge where students were tasked with creating outfits made from unconventional materials.   In the spirit of this year’s theme, students were encouraged to used materials found in nature. Vashti Usry, winner of the “Best Show Stopper” award, created her look with faux flowers and leaves arranged into a short skirt with a long flower train and a regal flower head-dress.  The winner of “Best Use of Materials,” Cassidy Burel, created her full-bodied dress with natural moss and created a stick shoulder pad accessory to accent her all-natural look.  Finally, Hope Hauser took home the prize for “Most Creative Use of Materials” with her dress made of leaves dipped in glycerin and painted black that were sewn down to fabric and adorned with real raven feather trim on both shoulders.  Special thanks to Robert Garner of Kontoor Brands, DJ Hargrave of Twin City Fashion Week, and Acacio da Silva of Avexa for coming to judge the Unconventional Challenge.

To finish up the night, Freshman, Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors showed the collections they had been working on throughout the year.  Each designer had anywhere from two to fifteen different outfits walking the runway throughout the night.

We are so proud of our student organization for yet another outstanding show! Keep an eye out for articles about the show that are being published by YesWeekly and Ehphex média.


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