posted July 20, 2001

Student Stages Fashion Show

A long-time interest in design has led
a Hope College student to culminate her undergraduate career
with a fashion show on campus.

Sopheap Sam, who graduated in May, will stage "A
Social Affair," a fashion show featuring special occasion
wear, on Saturday, July 28, at 7:30 p.m. in the DeWitt
Center Kletz. The 60 outfits prepared for the show have
been crafted through an independent study that Sam has
pursued this summer with Judy Hillman of the college's art
faculty.

The public is invited. Admission is free.

"It didn't take long for everyone here to know I
wanted to do fashion," said Sam, who was born in Cambodia
and grew up in the San Jose, Calif., area. "A month or two
into my freshman year, Bill Mayer mentioned that I should do
a fashion show."

Sam didn't start her planning that early, but
because of her strong interest did take an internship with
designer Cynthia Rowley Inc., while in New York last fall
through the Great Lakes Colleges Association's "New York
Arts Semester." Having experienced everything from the
warehouse to accounting to publicity to design while with
the firm, she started to give serious thought to what she
would do with a show of her own.

"It's been brewing in my head for six months," she
said.

Sam describes the pieces she prepared for the show
as "casual-dressy to formal."

"It's not an outfit that you would wear everyday,"
she said. "It's things that people would probably wear for
bridesmaids' dresses, prom, balls--things like that."

The show will present pieces for five types of
parties, progressing from least formal to most formal. The
outfits displayed will be further described in booklets
available to audience members.

Some 20 models will present the clothing. Most of
the models are current or former Hope students; three are
children.

Sam hopes for a career in fashion design, and she
views the independent study as a learning process. "My hope
out of this has been for it to be an experience for me, and
to let my mind work on being creative," she said.

She graduated from Hope in May with a major in art
history, and currently intends to return in the spring
semester to expand her studio art minor into a major as
well.

Advanced registration for the fashion show on July
28 is not required, but to help assure seating is
encouraged. Those planning to attend may either e-mail
socialaffair@hotmail.com or call Fields Fabrics in Holland,
which is helping sponsor the event, at (616) 392-4806.

The DeWitt Center is located on Columbia Avenue at
12th Street. The Kletz is located on the south side of the
building's ground level.