There’s a lot more to student fashion at UW-Madison than Badger red.
Just page through Moda magazine, a rapidly growing student publication that showcases fashion, trends and the arts. This week Moda is going beyond its print and online editions to host “UW Fashion Week” — a series of events meant to get Madison thinking about peeling off the parkas and looking good for spring.
All events in UW Fashion Week are both free and open to the public, starting with:
Monday: “Couture and Cocktails,” a chance to mingle with local and student designers and see some of their latest high fashion. Held at Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, 227 State St., from 8 to 10 p.m.
Wednesday: “Swap and Shop.” Bring your laundered, good quality fashions to Union South at 6 p.m. and trade them with others for a new look.
Friday: UW Fashion Week Fashion Show. The big event of the week, the evening kicks off at 7 p.m. with a red carpet photographer, followed by a runway show featuring the work of local and student designers and Madison boutiques. Held in Union South’s Varsity Hall, 1308 W. Dayton St.
“There’s a lot of fashion shows this time of year. The Moda one, I think, is tremendous,” said Don Van Wart, who was filling in for his wife Jennifer at her Madison boutique, Twigs, while she was in New York’s “Coterie” fashion event.
Twigs will bring three looks to the UW Fashion Week show, said Van Wart, who praised the event as one that brings the campus and community together through fashion.
“I wish more people were aware of it,” he said. “It really is student-driven, student-run, by people who are interested in a wide variety of things but are drawn into fashion.”
In fact, students involved in Moda come from a wide range of fields.
The magazine, funded by the Wisconsin Union Directorate as an extracurricular opportunity for students, publishes a hard-copy edition each semester as well as digital “mini issues” the first Tuesday of each month during the school year on its website, modamadison.com.
Some 10 editors and 50 contributing writers volunteer their time to produce Moda, said editor-in-chief and UW-Madison senior Chloe Karaskiewicz.
Over the past four years, “I think fashion (in Madison) has been gaining a lot more ground. We have very talented local designers,” said Karaskiewicz, a psychology major.
Caroline Kreul, Moda’s deputy editor, says the fashion scene at UW-Madison is often underestimated.
“There’s so much going on,” said Kreul, a journalism major. The output of the Design Studies program “is so incredible you can’t believe it.”
Madalyn Manzeck, a junior studying apparel design at UW-Madison, writes for Moda and organizes UW Fashion Week’s Couture and Cocktails event along with another student.
The evening is meant to give designers a chance to create something new — or to put a spotlight on something they labored on for class. (The university’s Textile and Apparel Design Program will showcase student creations in a fashion show May 9.)
“We’re trying to really reach out and get more student designers involved, because you work so hard on these garments — and then they just sit in garment bags in your closet,” Manzeck said. “We’re trying to get them showcased.”
[Editor's note: This story has been updated to correct the date of the Textile and Apparel Design Program's showcase.]