MU student designers create 29 dresses for Mizzou Botanic Garden Fashion Show

Saturday, January 5, 2013 | 7:33 p.m. CST
MU students designed and modeled dresses for Friday's Mizzou Botanic Garden Plant Fashion Show at the Memorial Student Union.

Six MU student designers created 29 dresses inspired by  plants for the Mizzou Botanic Garden Fashion Show on Saturday.

“It's a whole new experience for me because this is the first time when they're like 'take this,' and I make something based off that, instead of trying to develop everything from nothing,” said Elise Lammert, one of the six designers from the MU Textile and Apparel Management Department who presented at the show.

Mizzou Botanic Garden organized the event to remind the community that the garden exists, said Karlan Seville, manager of communications at MU Campus Facilities.

“The whole MU campus is a big garden itself that all MU students are able to live in,” said Madeline Beyer, an information specialist at MU Campus Facilities.

Popcorn Drift was one of the flowers that inspired Lammert. The dress embodied the characteristics of the flower, with colors that start out yellow and fade out to cream white, reminiscent of butter-drenched popcorn.

Coleus Under the Sea King Crab stretched out on the dress created by designer Molly Elizabeth Akin, the leaf giving the appearance of a rare mix of bold and fine textures.

Akin said she wanted to take advantage of the show as an opportunity to express herself.

“I have to design based on first having a solid purpose to fill my inspiration,” Akin said.  “And so, with two of my garments that I’ve entered tonight, both of them were inspired by friends who had gone through hardships or by nature and just kind of like God’s creation and everything like that.”

Supervising editor is Simina Mistreanu.

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