FALSU seamlessly rocks Hemline for Hearts

Vanessa Barrios

First place recipient, Vanessa Barrios, designed a dress perfect for business and evening wear. Photo by: Amari Baker


The Fashion Association at LSU, also known as FALSU, partnered with the American Heart Association for the 2019 Hemline for Hearts event. Students in the LSU College of Agriculture Department of Textiles, Apparel and Design construction outfits using red and white paper hearts during the association’s Go Red for Women luncheon at the Baton Rouge River Center.
Students submitted their original fashion designs, and representatives with the American Heart Association chose five designs to be built.
The participants included four students with a concentration in apparel designs — seniors Natalie Welch, Ingrid Sjunnesen, and Vanessa Barrios, and sophomore Olivia Lapuyade. Brielle Pourciau, a senior with a concentration in merchandising, was the fifth participant.
Each student submitted original sketches that amazed luncheon attendees. Vanessa Barrios won first place with her dress inspired by “business going into evening wear.” Second place was earned by Brielle Pourciau who designed a “strapless cocktail dress inspired by the boning in corsets.” Natalie Welch took home third place with her design in which she incorporated a plunging V-shape neckline, a Bertha collar, and two side cutouts that “mimic the shape of a heart.”
Their mentor Dr. Casey Stannard, assistant professor of apparel design, said the event was a huge success.
“The attendees were very excited to see our TAM students in action. Many of them came back a couple times to see the designs as they were being made."
Stannard and the students said they enjoyed being a part of this event for the creativity it inspires, the fun of the competition, and for the great cause it supports.
Story and Photos by: Amari Baker
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