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Challenges face K-State designers

By Kristina Jackson

The pageantry and excess of “The Hunger Games” will grace the runway on Monday at the K-State Student Union.

The book series is the theme for this year’s Project Runway event, organized by the Union Program Council.

Seven student designers will emulate a piece of the fictional Panem by putting together a look that represents one of the country’s “districts.”

“It’s a big fashion show for the first half of the games,” said Mary Kruse, a sophomore accounting major.

In “The Hunger Games,” the country Panem consists of twelve districts, and each of these districts is associated with an industry. Kruse, one of the chairs of the event for the UPC, said each of the designers was assigned a district and the challenge will be to represent that industry with their designs.

“We thought it would be a good idea to bring out their creativity,” she said.

Cheryl Yacenda, a senior apparel and textiles marketing major, was assigned District 7, which happens to be the lumber industry. She said that although she wants to keep an earthy feeling, she had to find a way to avoid “just making something out of wood.”

“It was finding a way to spin that to make it more elegant,” Yacenda said.

She said she’s portraying her theme by using earth tones like greens and browns in her design, and bringing in a more elegant feel by using fabrics like satin and tulle.

Jackee Johnson is portraying her district’s industry, District 1’s luxury goods, by incorporating jewelry and more chic fabrics like poly satin.

“It’s not too expensive but it invites a design that’s luxurious,” Johnson said.

Johnson, a senior apparel and textiles design major, said she would be creating a look that is more fitted instead of draping a dress on her model.

Kathryn Zoschke, who received the masonry industry in District 2, will also go for a fitted look inspired by stone pillars.

Zoschke, a sophomore apparel and textiles design major, said she look to stone architecture for design inspiration and her look will consist of a corset and leggings.

She’s also incorporating her theme with pieces of tile on the bowing of the corset.

“I wanted to have hard, clean cut lines,” Zoschke said.

Although she said she did not want that particular district, she’s enjoyed working with something she views as more tactile.

“With masonry, it’s easy to say, ‘I’ll just put rocks on it,’ ” Zoschke said. “But I wanted to do something different.”

As an added level of difficulty this year, the designers involved will also be working with a hair and make-up team for the first time. Students from Bellus Academy will assist the designers in incorporating a hair and make-up element to their looks.

“I feel like it really helps the design pop,” Johnson said.

Yacenda also said she likes being able to bounce ideas off the rest of her team.

“It’s gives it a new vibe and it’s been good to work with other people,” Yacenda said.

The final designs will be shown in a runway show at 8 p.m. Monday in the Union Ballroom.

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