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Students show designs at Chicago fashion show

April 23, 2008

KALAMAZOO--Western Michigan University's "designing women" are hitting it big on the national fashion scene.

Three WMU fashion students have been selected to showcase their designs Thursday, April 24, at Chicago Fashion Week during an event titled "New Generation 2008."

The WMU student designers are Kristina Moellering of Orchard Lake, Mich., Katie Nolfe of Kalamazoo and Liza Nay of Commerce, Mich. All three students are members of the Merchandizing Opportunities Design Association--MODA--a registered student organization in the WMU Department of Family and Consumer Sciences. Moellering is pursuing a double major in business management and textile apparel with an emphasis on fashion design, while both Nay and Nolf are majoring in textile apparel with emphasis on fashion design.

MODA is dedicated to designing and producing fashion and fashion events, as well as philanthropic practices throughout the Kalamazoo area. Katie Johnson, MODA vice president contacted the executive fashion director of Chicago Fashion Week, who picked MODA's designers to participate.

"New Generation 2008" features the fashion designs of students from Illinois and the surrounding area, giving top design students an opportunity to showcase their talent and offer guests a peak at future designers. It all takes place in the River East Art Center in Chicago as part of Chicago Fashion Week activities April 21-27.

Chicago Fashion Week was created to manage, unify and modernize the Windy City's runway shows and provide a platform for designers to present their collections to worldwide media and buyers. More information on Chicago Fashion Week is available at www.chicagofashionweek.com.

Media contact: Mark Schwerin, (269) 387-8400, mark.schwerin@wmich.edu

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