Lipscomb’s Department of Fashion and Design proudly presented the annual “Spring Fashion Show” Monday night. Held in the heart of Ezell, many students, staff, friends and family flocked to witness the show.

It also happened to be International Earth Day, which fitted the theme of the night — sustainability and supporting the environment through raising awareness.

This night commended the seniors in the department and all their hard work throughout individual collegiate careers. In doing so, they showcased their works on the runway with student models.

Senior fashion and merchandising student Kayla McEathron shared her story about her love of fashion and how eliminating sweatshops that abused their workers was a strong passion of her’s. According to McEathron, the main mission is not to change the world but to save it.

“The seniors and I were very proud with how the fashion show turned out,” McEathron said. “We each had a role in the show to make it happen, and I thought everyone did a great job of coming together to make the show successful. It is a bittersweet feeling for all of us seniors….”

The night concluded with an award ceremony and gifts. Donated prizes were provided by local businesses Cabana, Molly Green, Nordstrom, The Perfect Setting, The Escape Game, Jos. A Bank and Gus Mayer.

The Fashion Merchandising Award was given to senior Caitlin Nichols, who demonstrated “academic achievement, student leadership and potential contribution to the field of fashion merchandising.”

“This award means the world to me, and I am so honored that my teachers chose me to be the recipient,” Nichols said. “It shows how much work and effort you put into something you love [and] how much more you get in return. I am definitely so thankful for my family and their support and wisdom they have given me throughout my four years of college.

“[I’m] also so very blessed to have the sweetest teachers Kathy Bates, Sissy Simmons and Cindy Quinn. They have also been there for me and given me the support and advice that I needed. They make the fashion department feel like home. I will cherish them in my life forever and the influence they have had on me.”

Mackenzie Smith received the Fashion Design Award, which is “given for academic achievement, student leadership and potential contribution to the field of textile and apparel.”

Graduating seniors in the department include: Mackenzie Smith, Carley Flint, Autumn Charles, Abby King, Marcella Emmanuelli, Caitlin Nichols, Connor Porvaznik, Mindy Wolfe, Kayla McEathron and Hannah Saylor.

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