The chatter of mothers and daughters turned to silence as the lights in Beasley Coliseum dimmed, signaling the start of the Mom’s Weekend Fashion Show.
Three projector screens, offering behind the scenes glimpses into the design process, framed the raised T-shaped runway.
Models came out from behind the curtain, dominating the vast performing arts space, in garments designed by junior and senior apparel design majors ranging from active wear to avant-garde gowns.
The first segment of the show featured sustainable garments that the students created for a class. The designers were challenged to use unorthodox materials that delighted the crowd.
Senior apparel design major Chelsea Yaley featured a gown made of Starbucks coffee bags. Collected by her coffee fanatic parents, Yaley obtained these bags and turned them into art.
“It is strictly almost all coffee bags, and I used rivets to place the flowers,” Yaley said. “I thought it was something unique and colorful and fun.”
Senior apparel design major Marsha Baerlocher designed a mini dress made of wine corks.
“My mom owns a winery in Moses Lake, and she had all of these left over wine corks,” Baerlocher said. “I took the cork and cut it and manipulated it in as many ways as possible.”
Baerlocher wine-dyed some of the corks on her piece, which was a long process because the corks were so buoyant. She also utilized electro-luminescent lights in her collection, literally lighting up the runway, she said.
In the segment entitled “Cougar Couture,” senior designers showcased their collections, which included workout wear, maternity wear and a finale wedding collection. At the end of each collection, designers were embraced by loved ones, receiving kisses and flowers.
Before the models did their final walk, awards were given out to designers of merit who the judges thought deserved special recognition. Among these was Bailey Sheldon, whose maternity collection received the Judge’s Choice Award.
Sheldon’s mother, Wanda Garwood, held back tears while seeing her daughter’s work, she said.
“It was fantastic; I’m so proud of her because she has worked so hard,” Garwood said. “She’s so creative and has been since she was a toddler. I can’t sew a button on, but she went to a garage sale when she was 10 or 12 and bought her first sewing machine and taught herself.“
Freshman undecided major Hailey Eddings, came to see the show because of her interest in the Department of Apparel Merchandising, Design and Textiles.
“It’s fun seeing their designs,” Eddings said. “I know that they are undergrads and so they are preparing for their future careers.”
Eddings’ mother, Susan Eddings, came from North Bend for Mom’s Weekend.
“It was fabulous,” Susan Eddings said. “It was fun to see the diversity in the designs and I thought that the kids did a great job.”
Overall trends seen in the Mom’s Weekend Fashion show were perfect for spring and featured light, flowing fabrics, pastels, floral patterns, lace and other feminine details. However, color blocking and darker jewel tones were also prevalent.