Gowns in the Gallery

Fashion students to show collections Feb. 24

Junior and senior fashion design students from the Washington University School of Art will show their latest couture creations at “Gowns in the Gallery” Thursday, Feb. 24.

A scene from the School of Art’s 2004 Fashion Show.

The showing, which is free and open to the public, takes place from 6 to 8 p.m. at the School of Art’s Des Lee Gallery, located downtown in the University Lofts building, 1627 Washington Ave. For more information, call (314) 935-6500.

“Gowns in the Gallery” will feature a variety of evening dresses by the fashion program’s 13 senior and five junior designers, who will be on hand to discuss the finer points of color, construction and other details both large and small. The show also offers an early look at this year’s Washington University Fashion Show, a full-blown Paris-style extravaganza hitting the catwalk May 1 at Saint Louis Galleria.

Both “Gowns” and the May extravaganza provide valuable professional experience for young designers preparing to launch careers in the fashion industry, said Jeigh Singleton, a well-known designer and area coordinator for fashion.

Specifically, “Gowns” allows students to explain and promote their concepts and designs on a face-to-face basis, mimicking the settings in which professional buyers will one day make decisions about their work.


WHO: Washington University School of Art Fashion program

WHAT: “Gowns in the Gallery”

WHEN: 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 24

WHERE: Des Lee Gallery, 1627 Washington Ave.

INFORMATION: (314) 935-6500

“Each designer will be standing with a model wearing a lovely ensemble, discussing their process, inspiration and techniques,” Singleton explains. Attendees — armed with clipboards and pencils — are put in the role of fashion critic, evaluating how well pieces stack up against a checklist of specific design problems.

“You may evaluate as many, or as few of the students’ works as you wish,” Singleton added. “There will be light refreshments and loads of schmoozing. It is fashion, you know, so you are obligated to have an enjoyable time.”