Auditions for CSU fashion show, ‘Spectrum,’ to be held Thursday

Claire Oliver

CSU Fashion Show, Ascent
Selam Tewahade adjusts her hair while waiting backstage at the 2017 CSU Fashion Show. (Ashley Potts | Collegian)

The Colorado State University’s Annual Fashion Show is approaching, and designers are looking for men and women to showcase the senior capstone designs.

This year’s show is called “Spectrum” and will be directed by Amanda Avers, a senior apparel design and fashion major with a design concentration. This is the first year Avers will be in charge of the show and is excited to see what the models and designers will bring to the table. 

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“We have over I want to say 150 outfits that are going through the show this year, which makes this one of the lengthier shows we are going to be putting on,” Avers said. “(It) is really exciting in the first place, because it means we have a lot of seniors who are graduating.” 

Avers will have one dress in the show this year and next semester will feature an entire line. 

We’re not looking for extremely experienced people. Every single year we get people who have never modeled before, so people shouldn’t be worried about that, and it shouldn’t stop anyone from coming out and modeling for us.” -Amanda Avers, apparel design and fashion major

Jasmine Winfrey, a CSU alumni, is a well seasoned participant of the fashion show and said the best thing to do while at auditions is to be yourself.

“I love working for the CSU fashion department,” Winfrey said. “Everybody who works on the department and anybody who has that major are hard workers. There is just so much creativity, so much positivity that goes through that, and I love that they design for multiple types of bodies.  I love it. It doesn’t matter how tall you are or your size. They have something that fits you, and I love that they bring the essence out of every model.” 

Auditioning for the show is a pretty simple process, according to Winfrey. Models who are interested should wear black, tight fitting clothes and if they have had professional modeling experience, they should bring a headshot with their measurements. After that, the models will walk, most likely with another person, and then on their own. Designers will then choose who they think will fit best into their designs. 

Winfrey said if you are auditioning for the first time, it is always good to be as natural as you.

“They are looking for you,” Winfrey said. “They want to see you, and it is good to be confident. Definitely practice walking, and when you pose, don’t put your hands on your hip.”

The show will feature a wide selection of female clothing along with a line for men and for children.

“We are looking for both male and female models,” Avers said. “And we have tons of garments that fit to a lot of different body types, and each designer kind of picked what sort or bodies they want.  We are just looking for a lot of different people, and it’s going to be a really diverse show.” 

Both Avers and Winfrey stressed the fact that the show will cater to models with all kinds of body types. Each designer is presenting their own types of clothes to fit many kids of people, male and female alike. 

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“I loved the environment they created,” Winfrey said. “It was sort of like a family during the show everyone was just so nice and happy to be there, and so supportive it was just kind words getting passed around.  And so many good vibes.” 

Avers said they are not necessarily looking for extremely experienced people.

“Every single year, we get people who have never modeled before… so people shouldn’t be worried about that and it shouldn’t stop anyone from coming out and modeling for us,” Avers said. 

Modeling auditions for the show, which will be on April 6 at the Lincoln Center, will be on Feb. 8 in the Gifford Building, Room 336. 

Winfrey also had some advice for future models: practice your model walk. Winfrey tends to practice with 80s pop music, like Whitney Houston and George Michaels. 

“Its like a dance,” Winfrey said. “Because you need to glide. Your head shouldn’t bob when you’re walking. The motion needs to be in your body and your strides need to be long.” 

If anyone is still feeling nervous check out the CSU Fashion Show Facebook page. There are videos of previous casting calls as well and more information and photos about this show and previous shows.

Collegian reporter Claire Oliver can be reached at entertainment@collegian.com or on Twitter @claire_oliver21.