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“Hearts for Fashion” Exhibit Showcases Years of Work from MCTC’s Apparel Technologies Program

Posted on: January 14th, 2014 by insidemctc 1 Comment

Hearts for Fashion imageThe Metropolitan State University Gordon Parks Gallery is pleased to present Hearts for Fashion. The exhibit runs Jan. 24—Feb. 28. An opening reception will be held Thursday, Jan. 30 from 4:30–7 p.m. Gallery hours are Mondays–Thursdays, 11 a.m.–7 p.m. and Fridays–Saturdays 11 a.m.–4 p.m. The gallery is located in the Library and Learning Center, 645 East Seventh Street, at the university’s Saint Paul Campus.

This exhibition spotlights student designs from the Minneapolis Community and Technical College (MCTC) Apparel Technologies program who have participated in the American Heart Association’s annual “Go Red” fashion show at the Mall of America over the last four years. The event connects fashion, women’s heart health, educating the community about heart disease and embracing a heart-healthy lifestyle. This year’s Go Red event takes place Saturday, Feb. 1 from 11 a.m.–5 p.m. at the Mall of America.

“The students provide original designs, and see those designs through to a completed garment for the fashion show,” said MCTC Apparel Technologies instructor Vicki Johnson. The garments must meet specific criteria provided by the Go Red campaign. “The students’ designs are an interpretation of how the issue of heart disease has affected their lives. With each design a personal story emerges about how heart disease has touched their lives, someone they know or how their designs will make a difference helping to promote a healthy lifestyle. The students express themselves in a variety of ways and continue to inspire us with their creativity.”

“This show is an exciting opportunity to bring the inventive garments and story boards of our sister-institution to our campus,” said Gallery Director Erica Rasmussen. “Mounting the original designs on mannequins in the gallery will allow for close observation and reflection, which is something that runway shows viewed from a distance cannot provide.”

For more information about the exhibit, contact Erica Rasmussen at 651-793-1631 or email her at