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El Centro College Students Display Work During CATS Presented By Dallas Summer Musicals

The El Centro College Fashion Design Internship class is very much like the TV show “Project Runway.”

Students were tasked to create a project under the mentorship of a professional designer. Once again, Rob Bradford, a Dallas designer who has worked in Las Vegas, Los Angeles, and had his designs in several exhibitions, was the mentor for this challenge. The project was to create garments inspired by Andrew Lloyd Webber’s CATS.

“The students prepared by researching photos and watching snippets of the CATS musical on YouTube,” said Emmanuel Tobias, Fashion Design faculty. “I was thrilled to see their excitement level rise when they found out that the CATS movie will be out in theatres this December. While most of the students are taking a costume/cosplay approach to their designs, some have opted for a more marketable and ready-to-wear garment to match their aesthetic. I certainly hope the students synthesize their new knowledge with their creativity, while understanding show production timing, and the importance of closures for quick garment changes.”

The students who participated in this design challenge were: Deshann Cross, Joanna Dunning, Shakira Johnson, Edna Ortiz, Raykeshia Spears, Melinda Tilley, Camila Uriarte and Quintin Warner.

The finished garments will be on display in the lobby of Music Hall at Fair Park from November 5-17.

The partnership with Dallas Summer Musicals has provided the opportunity for students to stretch their design abilities and showcase their work in conjunction with the musicals.

For more information about the Fashion Design program at El Centro College, call 214-860-2350

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