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Student Fashion Show Features 100 Pieces

Monday, March 25, 2019

Dominican University will present "Breaking Boundaries," the 2019 Student Fashion Show, on Saturday, April 6 at 7 p.m. and on Sunday, April 7 at 3 p.m. Featuring more than 100 pieces designed by 30 students, the show is produced in collaboration with students in the fashion merchandising program. The production, which includes arresting set designs and music, will be held in the Lund Auditorium, 7900 Division Street.

"Breaking Boundaries" challenges the conventions of fashion by engaging in the sociocultural and political issues that influence modern life. The show will include pieces in a number of categories, including business wear, jumpsuits with surface design treatments, little black dresses and designs created for the musical The Color Purple. In addition, several reinvigorated medical uniforms, resulting from the Specialty Markets class collaboration with Medline Industries, will be shown during the production.

The show will feature collections from two graduating seniors, Lexy Spreitzer and Shaylin Thurston, as well as from six juniors. Student awards will be presented following the Sunday afternoon show. Erika Neumayer Ehrat, owner of Rare Dirndl Design Studio in Chicago's Lincoln Square neighborhood, will be presented with the 2019 Distinguished Alumna Award following the Sunday, April 7 show. Neumayer Ehrat will showcase her Rare Dirndl clothing line of dirndl and dirndl accessories combining modern fashion trends with traditional Bavarian costume.  

Tickets for the fashion show are $15; $10 for students. For more information, visit or contact José Blanco, associate professor and chair of the fashion department, at