If you go

What: Fashion Design Student Association fashion show

When: Saturday, 7 p.m.

Where: UMC, Glenn Miller Ballroom

Cost: free

Dinosaurs, fairies and queens will roam the runway at the University of Colorado's annual fashion show on Saturday as 10 designers from the Fashion Design Student Association present their fantasy collections.

The club hosts a fashion show every semester, but the fantasy theme of this fall's show could make it one of their more memorable events, said club president Rose Barber.

"All of the designers were really excited about the theme this year so I think it's going to be one of our most entertaining shows," Barber said. "There are so many different directions you can go with this theme and I think it helps the designers to access the more outrageous ideas -- like couture, which is really fantastic and elaborate."

Barber designed a collection of five everyday looks that have a few unique elements she calls "urban fantasy."

"It's this idea of fairies and magic being around us all the time, but we don't always notice it," Barber said. "So the main concepts are everyday, like business wear, but something just isn't quite right about it. It's about that idea of making them take a second look."


While Barber's looks are wearable fantasy, some designers took the theme a little more literally.

CU junior Ciera Baur's collection of two looks is called Dynotastic, which represents a child's fantasy of dinosaurs, inspired by her boyfriend's stories of his dino-obsession as a kid.

"I just thought that was so interesting the way he was so fascinated by them," Baur said.

Baur's pieces are full of bright colors, unusual details -- like a gown featuring tail-like skirt and odd combinations like a leather vest paired with a long, pastel bell skirt.

Even her models will look like half humans, half dinosaurs with patches of scales coming through their makeup.

Wearable designs aren't exactly Baur's asthetic.

"That's just the way I design," Baur said. "I don't design to create clothes that can be worn everyday, but that express individuality."

Baur will also be walking down the runway Saturday as one of Barber's models, strutting her stuff in an oversized blazer dress with slits in the back that make room for a pair of silk wings.

"Mine might be more wearable, but it's definitely not boring," Barber said.

CU junior Miranda Sheh said she is presenting four looks connected by bright colors, shear fabrics and a black and gold zipper.

"They're really young and classy but fun," Sheh said. "The goal was to do something that was more fantastic but in the realm of the real world."

A simple pink dress with a flared skirt and the collection's unifying zipper is one of Sheh's favorite pieces.

Barber said all of the designers will present unique takes on the fantasy theme from the more wearable looks to outrageous pieces that most could only get away with on a runway.

"It will really be everything you can think of and some things you can't," she said.

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