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Portfolio in Motion 2011 Promises Inspired Fashions at "Cirque Noir"

Monday, January 31, 2011
Arlington, VA – Marymount University’s Portfolio in Motion 2011 student fashion show and reception will be held on Thursday, April 14, at 8:30 p.m., in the University’s Rose Benté Lee Center. The Cirque Noir theme will come to life in an edgy, sophisticated fusion of creative fashion and production elements.

“The students chose Cirque Noir for its fantastical circus atmosphere that lets the imagination soar,” explains Janice Ellinwood, chair of Marymount’s Department of Fashion Design and Merchandising. “That’s what we envision for this year’s show: exciting, innovative fashions, showcased in an avant-garde production.”

Students in Marymount's Fashion Merchandising program will transform the runway into a surreal setting that will feature the juried garments created by the Fashion Design students. Every aspect of the show -- from the design and construction of the garments to the creation of scenery, lighting, musical selection, and choreography -- is the product of student imagination and effort.

Portfolio in Motion is the culmination of the academic year for students in these programs. For the 13 senior Fashion Design students, it is also their first opportunity to display their own lines, which they not only design, but sew themselves. To this end, G Street Fabrics has generously donated a $150 gift certificate to each senior for just the right fabrics to complement their designs.

Marymount's Fashion Design and Fashion Merchandising programs are unique in the Washington D.C. region and are garnering increasing recognition within the industry and the general public. Last semester, Marymount received a grant from Cotton Incorporated to design a line of tennis wear for mature women.

Marymount’s Fashion Department is also partnering for the second year with USAID to promote the fledging garment industry in Third World countries. This year, manufacturers in the African countries of Ghana and Senegal have asked MU students to design items for children's, women's and men's apparel, based on fabric swatches they provided that reflect their cultures. Samples of the students’ designs are now being manufactured and will be promoted at the August MAGIC 2011 apparel trade show in Las Vegas, NV.

Tickets for Marymount’s Portfolio in Motion April 14 evening show and reception are $100. The cocktail reception will precede the show at 7 p.m. and include an open bar, heavy hors d’oeuvres, and a silent auction. Additional student shows will be held on April 15 and 16 at 8 p.m. Marymount's Rose Benté Lee Center is on Marymount's Main Campus, located at 2807 North Glebe Road in Arlington, Virginia.

To learn more,  call 703-526-6873 or visit Portfolio in Motion.