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NMSU fashion students to showcase designs at senior fashion show

Innovative, beautiful designs by students in the Clothing, Textiles and Fashion Merchandising program at New Mexico State University will make their public debut at the Student Fashion Show next week.


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Isaac Lawrence, a student in the Clothing, Textiles and Fashion Merchandising program at New Mexico State University, designed this dress. Several of Lawrence’s designs will make their public debut at the Solomon Lawrence Senior Fashion Show next week. (Photo courtesy of Isaac Lawrence)
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Isaac Lawrence, a student in the Clothing, Textiles and Fashion Merchandising program at New Mexico State University, designed these dresses. Several of Lawrence’s designs will make their public debut at the Solomon Lawrence Senior Fashion Show next week. (Photo courtesy of Isaac Lawrence)

The show will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, May 3, at the Corbett Center Student Union. Tickets are $10 to $30 and available at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/solomon-lawrence-senior-fashion-show-tickets-32397264089?aff=ehomecard. The event will feature guest speaker Henry Lawrence, a former NFL football star for the Oakland Raiders, a three-time Super Bowl winner and father of fashion show co-organizer Isaac Lawrence.

While students in the CTFM program, which is housed in the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences’ Department of Family and Consumer Sciences, host a fashion show every year, this year’s event was coordinated by Isaac Lawrence and others to help spread the word about the program.

“Unfortunately, the majority of people I come across have not heard of our program, which is why we as a group have decided to change that,” said Lawrence, the show’s creative director. “A few of my classmates and I have teamed together to bring an awareness on campus and put our program on the frontline.”

Lawrence said he was inspired to pursue fashion design after he, as a young boy, would watch his mom doodle.

“I would imitate her sketches until I was able to exceed her, which is when my parents decided to put me into private art classes. Since 7 years old I’ve been drawing and painting,” Lawrence said. “Over the years I have narrowed down on what interested me most, and that was drawing clothing and fashion illustrations. My high school teachers told me that I could have a career in this field, which is when I pursued fashion design professionally.”

Lawrence originally planned to attend the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising in Los Angeles, but Lawrence’s mother insisted he and his twin brother attend the same school, which led Lawrence to NMSU.

“It has always been my dream to showcase my collection before graduation. I am in debt to my department because they have helped me every step of the way,” Lawrence said. “My professors have tailored me, critiqued my work and more up until this point, and I thought it would be an excellent idea to honor them and give them respect for all that they have done for me.”

Lawrence will be presenting his full-length collection at the show, which he has planned for about a year.

“The first part of developing this line was last year spring semester with Dr. (Melinda) Chavez, who helped me identify myself as a designer,” Lawrence said. “That summer I worked with celebrity designer Octavius Terry as an intern to learn more about advanced clothing design and developing a cohesive collection.”

Lawrence said that during the entire show planning process, fellow student Jonathan Mirabal has been his “right hand, helping me with virtually almost every aspect of putting on this production. Jonathan has been like a big brother to me, and without him I could not have successfully pulled this off, especially on this caliber.”

Esther Devall, head of the Family and Consumer Sciences department, said she looks forward to the student fashion show each year.

“I am always amazed at their creativity and the high quality of the garments they design and produce,” Devall said. “This year, we will feature students at every stage in the process. We want to show their progression from the simple garments they produce in the first clothing construction class to the very sophisticated designs of an entire clothing collection. I encourage the community to come out and see what these students have accomplished.”