In the time that I have been at ECU I have had many opportunities to explore areas of my major and minor outside of a classroom.
I am a merchandising minor and one of my favorite things about the program is that it is very tight knit. I know most everyone in all of my classes and when events are happening outside of ECU, we can all turn to each other for help!
Last night, the Fedora boutique in Greenville hosted a fashion show. The fashion show was organized with the help of Kelsey Light, who is the president of the apparel and Interior merchandising organization at ECU and Jordan Weisbecker who is a merchandising major. Both girls work at the Fedora. The show featured ECU students, including myself modeling Fedora’s latest fall fashions. The Alexander Paul School styled the hair and did the makeup for the show. This was not only a great opportunity for Fedora to bring business into their store, but also for students to gain hands-on experience since their peers work at the store.
Members of the Apparel and Interior Merchandising organization were sought out to help with modeling, styling, and greeting guests for the fashion show. A fashion show can be chaotic backstage so it was great to have volunteers helping with the quick outfit changes and also supporting everyone who worked hard to prepare the event! The show was a success for Fedora and everyone who was a part of it.
The Fedora show is one of many fashion shows that merchandising students are able to be involved in around Greenville. I have been able to model and help style a few events and one of my favorite events has defiantly been the Apparel and Interior Merchandising Organization’s Spring Fashion show. The show features local boutiques and textile students around Greenville. It allows students to have the opportunity to organize an event. From the planning, to styling to advertising, everything is student produced!
The next fun thing coming up for me and AIMO is our trip to AmericasMart in Atlanta next week. AmericasMart is one of the largest tradeshows for apparel and home goods. We will be able to tour show rooms, talk to industry professionals and network. In the past, many students who have attended the Atlanta trip have made great job or internship contacts. I am very grateful and excited to be going on this trip and am glad I got involved in AIMO.
If you are interested in Merchandising or AIMO check out the links below!