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'Seasons' theme for annual CU fashion show

Models will be sashaying down the catwalk soon when Cameron University's International Club hosts its 6th annual "CU at Fashion Week" fashion show.

The show kicks off at 7:30 p.m. Saturday in the Cameron University Theatre, 2800 W. Gore. 

Merita Tyrell-Mitchell, who has served as the show's coordinator since its inception, will take on a new role this year  designer. 

"The opportunity came up where I could design the outfits. I love fashion shows, I've always wanted to be a designer in the past," Tyrell-Mitchell said. She will design the outfits for five of the show's six sections. 

"Seasons" is the theme for this year's show. The first section will depict a Caribbean summer and the models will be dressed in colorful, Caribbean-style clothing.

The second section will be based around the idea of an Oklahoma spring. 

"It will pay homage to Oklahoma spring in terms of tornados, and Mother Nature at its worst," Tyrell-Mitchell said.

The third section will serve as a follow-up to the second and will reflect the season of love, what Tyrell-Mitchell calls the aftermath of a storm, during which communities come together to rebuild.

The bag section will be fourth, and it will represent the only time during the show that the outfits are not designed by Tyrell-Mitchell. The bags during the fourth section  were designed by Tyrell-Mitchell and made by her husband, Jason Mitchell, but the clothes were not.

Fall will be the concept of the fifth section. 

And the sixth and final section will reflect the winter season with a "night at the opera" design theme.

In the past, the funds raised by the show were put toward a book scholarship for students at Cameron.

Food items requested

This year, tickets will be free with the suggested donation of two non-perishable food items. The collected items will be donated to the Salvation Army and Unity of Lawton.

"I want people to come out and support the event," Tyrell-Mitchell said. "We're expecting around 450 people to show up. If each of them shows up and brings two food items, then that can put a big dent in hunger in our community."

There will be between 16 and 20 models participating in this year's show. Tyrell-Mitchell said a lot of her friends volunteer their time to the show to help in whatever way they can because they know it is for a good cause.

"It's always been a passion of mine to fund raise for different causes," Tyrell-Mitchell said. "I am looking forward to the community getting involved; it's for a great cause so they can support this event." 

Door prizes will be given away throughout the evening. Some of the donated items include products from Mary Kay and Cato Fashions.

Tickets are required for this free event due to limited seating. Tickets may be picked up in advance by calling 284-7083, and will also be available the night of the event in the theater box office. 

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