Foster Center for Student Innovation

EPIC Fashion Show

Models, designers strut their stuff for cancer

By Lauren Reeves
Posted on Oct. 28, 2012, at 9:54 p.m

The second-annual University of Maine Epic Fashion Show, hosted by Her Campus, turned out to be another great success. The Tuesday night show raked in $233 for Susan G. Komen for the Cure, a foundation that supports breast cancer research.

Also known as the “Collegiette’s Guide to Life,” Her Campus is an online magazine that targets female college students. Chapters have emerged in different colleges and universities throughout the country.


Campus correspondents Katrina Horgan and Olivia Fournier run the University of Maine’s chapter and were able to put on a successful evening with the help of the Her Campus staff, the Foster Center for Student Innovation, fashion show models and local fashion lines.

According to Fournier, this year’s event was even more successful than last year because Her Campus was able to get more designers and more clothing items donated because of the accomplishments of their first fashion show.

Horgan reported that the event sold 48 tickets, which was comparable to the turnout from last year. All ticket sales went to support the Susan G. Komen Foundation for the Cure.

The fashion show, held in the Foster Center for Student Innovation, “went really well,” Horgan wrote in an email. “[W]e were able to feature the same fashion lines from last year as well as new ones, such as Mexicali Blues, Stella and Dot Jewelry.”

All of the featured clothing in the fashion show came from local Maine designers and clothing stores. Ronin Apparel and Maine Home Shirt were two local T-shirt design companies whose fashionable and fun designs were strutted down the runway.

“We began planning back in September,” Horgan wrote. “[H]owever, things did come together quite last minute, considering we only agreed on the date of the show the first week of October.”

Both Horgan and Fournier agreed the time crunch was the hardest part of making the fashion show come together, reporting that they had to have backup plans in case anything fell through.

Staff at the Innovation Center assisted with the planning, scheduling and equipment set-up and finding designers.

“Lucas Kronlund, who represents UMaine for the Cure, was a big help in contacting student entertainment to arrange the stage and key elements like that,” Horgan said.

UNO’s Chicago Grill and Monster Energy donated food and drinks. Most importantly, the local designers and artists were the ones who made the entire fashion show possible.

Horgan reported that there were no misfortunes during the night. “[T]he hardest part about getting the show to run smoothly was that we were only able to start setting up at 5 p.m. the night of the show so we had a lot to do in just a few hours, the only mishap was the missing runway lights.”

With some quick thinking, members of the Her Campus team and other volunteers were able to solve the problem, using lighting from their own homes.

“We overlooked that part of it and just assumed it was with the runway, but it was not,” Horgan wrote. “Overall, the show went really well, and we were able to raise a considerable amount of money for Susan G. Komen [for the Cure] which is a great cause. It felt really great after it was all over to know that it all came together in the end and everyone enjoyed themselves.”

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