Local Businesses Join Harper Fashion Show

Harper fashion students are teaming up with students from Mario Tricoci University and Egg Harbor Restaurants for their annual fashion show. The annual professional-caliber show showcases students' original work and designs. This year's show is themed "Mad for Mod" featuring funky 1960's inspired fashions.

For the first time, fifty students from Mario Tricoci University will be assisting Harper students prepping and primping 30 professional models before they walk the runway.

"We're excited to have our students and Harper students work together to create creative and cohesive looks for the show," said Jen McGann, Director of Cosmetology/ Nail Technology
At Tricoci University. "This is an ideal partnership between Mario Tricoci and Harper and a wonderful learning opportunity for all of the students."

Also at the show, the winner of the Egg Harbor apron design contest will be unveiled. Over the past semester, aprons designed by Harper fashion students have been on display at local Egg Harbor restaurants with customers voting for their favorite design. The winning artist will be hired by Egg Harbor to create a prototype of apron which will then be tested in the restaurants.

"The apron design contest has been a great experience for our servers and our customers," said Michael J. Farrell, owner of Egg Harbor. "I applaud Harper for giving students an opportunity to work outside the classroom and exposing them to real world challenges."

Showtime for "Mad for Mod" is Friday, May 18 at 7 p.m. in the Wojcik Conference Center on Harper's main campus, 1200 W. Algonquin Road in Palatine. Tickets are $30 for general admission and includes a reception featuring hors d'oeuvres, a silent auction, a gift bag and a cash bar. Proceeds go to fund scholarships for Harper fashion students.

Media Note: Photos of some of this year's most unique fashions can be viewed and downloaded via Harper's Flickr feed: Link here. Photos of the designs can also be taken earlier in the day when the fashion show is performed for high school students at Wojcik Conference Center.

Press Contact: Cheryl Turnauer, Associate Professor, Harper College Fashion Department cturnaue@harpercollege.edu, 847.925.6788