fashion

Liana Satenstein of Vogue.com stands beside two Michigan duck hunters at Louie's Trophy House Grill in Kalamazoo
Liana Satenstein

You wouldn’t expect to see Carhartt jackets and overalls at a fashion show, but writer for Vogue.com Liana Satenstein says it’s not so far-fetched.

Earlene McMichael

New York Fashion Week ended a few days ago, saying good-bye to a runway of elegant outfits, some too fancy for a day at the office. But a new event now in progress in Kalamazoo seeks to change that image and to involve the community in the process.

courtesy of Zoe Valette

Artist Zoe Valette of Kalamazoo designs unique clothing out of recycled materials. Her work will be on display at People's Church in Kalamazoo this weekend. Her latest design was a tutu made out of 120 plastic bags. 

Fashion design students working around the clock at the WMU sewing lab.
Rebecca Thiele, WMUK

Think about the shirt you’re wearing today. Although it was probably made in a factory somewhere, at one time that style was just someone’s idea. Someone designed it, cut out a pattern, cut or ripped the fabric, sewed it together, and prepped it for the runway.

That’s what Western Michigan University design students have been doing since December to prepare for their annual fashion show. The show put on by WMU’s Merchandising Opportunities and Design Association will be at the Kalamazoo Expo Center Friday and Saturday night starting at 8 p.m.

Zarinah El-Amin Naeem helps Janet Clawson try out a few styles
Rebecca Thiele, WMUK

The exhibit Beautifully Wrapped: the Fashion Tradition and Culture of Head Wrapping is on display at the Black Arts and Cultural Center until the end of this month. The exhibit has pictures of women from all over the world wearing head wraps.