Hemline@LSU Partners with West Baton Rouge Museum to Host “When and Wear” Fashion Show

01/03/2013 03:06 PM

BATON ROUGE – On Dec. 9, Hemline@LSU – the official student fashion organization at LSU – joined forces with the West Baton Rouge Museum to host the “When & Wear Fashion Show,” which showcased 21 works designed and created by LSU students.


The historically-inspired show pulled inspiration largely from the “Greatest Generation,” focusing on how the 1940s and 1950s made such a strong impression on American life today.


The show also served as a complement to the museum’s current exhibition, titled “Our Lives, Our Stories: America's Greatest Generation.” A national touring exhibition sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities, the exhibit explores the life arc of a single generation who were shaped by their experiences during the Depression, WWII, the economic boom of the postwar era and the burgeoning Civil Rights. The exhibition will remain on display through Jan. 7.


“I am extremely inspired by the work ethic of the ‘Greatest Generation,” said Ella Rose, President of Hemline@LSU. “They worked through wars and depressions, and hearing and seeing their stories should inspire everyone here today. I personally was drawn to the women of the 1940s. My grandmother was a nurse during WWII, and her stories always interested me. I’ve also had family members in the Air Force, so learning about the WASPS, or Women’s Air Force Service Pilots, was extremely inspiring.”


Rose said that the “When & Wear” show was very different from any other show in which she’d previously worked.


“It had such an important story element,” she said. “From the beginning stages of planning, we knew we wanted it to truly represent what the West Baton Rouge Museum was bringing in with the exhibit. It was really an honor working with and getting to know the ladies at the museum. I was also extremely proud of my classmates, because each look really came together beautifully and told a great story.”


Award winners at the event included: Design category – Melissa Duong, first place; Emily Melancon, second place; and Paige Cisneros, third place; Styling category – Ella Rose, first place; Duong, second place; and Lauren Parker, third place; and Illustration category – Ella Rose, first place; Vanessa Barnfeather, second place; and Genola Hurst and Abbey Vitrano, third place.


Hemline@LSU is a student fashion organization dedicated to enhancing its members’ resume experience, fashion industry network and professional acumen of apparel design and similar concentrations. The organization participates in a variety of different fashion-related events and projects in the Baton Rouge and New Orleans areas. More information on Hemline at LSU can be found on the chapter’s Facebook page, or by emailing HemlineLSU@gmail.com.


Founded by the West Baton Rouge Historical Association and based in Port Allen, the West Baton Rouge Museum is a member of the Louisiana Association of Museums, the American Association of Museums, the Southeastern Museums Conference and the American Association for State and Local History. It serves as an educational resource committed to researching, collecting, preserving and presenting artifacts, documents, art objects and the like that reflect the history and cultural heritage of West Baton Rouge Parish and the surrounding areas for the benefit of the general public and future generations. To learn more about the museum, call 225-366-2422, toll-free at 1-888-881-6811, or visit www.wbrmuseum.com.


For more information or to see additional pictures from the “When and Wear Fashion Show,” visit the LSU College of Agriculture’s Facebook page, or contact Mary Claire Gilder, Coordinator of Recruitment, at maryclaire@lsu.edu.

Aaron  Looney 
LSU Media Relations

Posted on Thursday, January 3, 2013