Fashion Society of Penn State holds second fashion show featuring designer Meaghan Paige
The Fashion Society of Penn State held their second fashion show on Nov. 2 at 6 p.m. in 337 New Leaf Institute. The entire room was filled with enthusiastic people that showed much appreciation for the designs. The show featured designer and Penn State alumna Meaghan Paige. Meaghan debuted her first collection at New York Fashion Week in 2015 and has had her designs photographed in worldwide locations including Paris, Italy, Spain, and Dublin.
The event started off with refreshments and drinks at 6 p.m. before the start of the show at 7p.m. followed by a Q&A with Meaghan. Representatives of Penn State’s Global Entrepreneurship Network (GEW) announced that they will be holding a number of events from Nov. 12- Nov. 16. More details can be found on their website at https://gew.psu.edu. Representatives of Victoria’s Secret PINK and Aerie were also at the event promoting their brands as well as offering coupons and freebies.
The show began at 7 p.m. with the spotlight on 6 models giving their best strut for each look. The pieces surely amazed everyone with unique details from tropical prints, off the shoulder style, and vibrant colors, which was one of her goals as she stated “I wanted to use color” during her Q&A. See these looks for yourself on her website at http://www.meaghanpaige.com. She also mentioned her new looks will be up within the next few weeks to purchase.
During the Q&A, Meaghan said she gets her inspiration from artists such as Picasso, Van Gogh, and Salvador Dalí. She grew up drawing and formerly wanted to work with paint and illustration. She stated “I’ve sort of trained by brain to work in this way of sketching a look out first, then choosing or creating my own fabric so that I can be as precise as possible.”
When asked what brands or designers inspire her, she mentioned Tommy Hilfiger, Rachel Antonoff, and Stella McCartney especially. She said “I like how eco-friendly she is with her designs; I don’t want to use real fur or leather, eco-friendly is the goal.” She also explained how she learned how to sew at the age of 9 and stumbled upon fashion after her great aunt died a few years ago, leaving behind all her of sewing supplies for her to use. She’s always eager to hear feedback and stated “I love watching everyone’s reaction to each look as it passes them on the runway; I think that’s one of the many reasons why I fell in love with the profession.” After the show, there were hats available to purchase for $20 signed by Meaghan herself.
Sophomore and public relations major Sonya Khalilzad stated “my favorite piece was the gingham wide leg trousers.” Sonya also attends the weekly club meetings held by Fashion Society of Penn State and helped recruit the models for tonight’s show. The club holds bi-weekly meetings at 7 p.m. in 359 Health and Human Development building. Anyone who is interested in fashion is welcome to attend.