Redefining the Classroom

Glamour magazine internship inspires successful fashion show

Posted: June 6th, 2013

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SPLASHY FUTURISTIC PEACOCKS – Lake Superior State University student Helena Wollan (center) joins her cast of the Peacock Futuristic Punk Fashion Show on the LSSU Arts Center main stage after a successful program. The show was inspired by experiences and knowledge Wollan acquired while living in New York City in summer 2012 while working as an intern for Glamour magazine. It raised $2,500 for the American Cancer Society. Standing from the left are Taylor Worsham, Abbie LaPointe, Emily Gregg, McKayla Worsham, Brittany Groh, Gabby Olsen, Helena Wollan, Malloree McLeod, Tanecia Groh, Anne Serbinski, Erin Anderson Scott, Jenna Paquette, and Alex Cook. Bottom row, from left are Christian Reattoir, Keith Swendsen, and Ray'shon Anderson. Wollan is a business administration/marketing major for Sault Ste. Marie, Mich.(LSSU/Drew Putvin)

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SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. – A Lake Superior State University student used her experience from a Glamour magazine internship when she hosted a successful fashion show in April that raised $2,500 for the American Cancer Society.

Chrome Gaga

Helena Wollan, a junior in LSSU's business program from Sault Ste. Marie, Mich., produced the event and plans to host another one next spring. About 400 people attended the show in the LSSU Arts Center auditorium. She created most of the outfits, make-up, and set designs from scratch and was responsible for all of the program's choreography.

The show was inspired by experiences and knowledge Wollan acquired while living in New York City in summer 2012 while working as an intern for Glamour magazine. The three-month internship immersed her in fashion design and layout production.

After the fashion show's success and feedback Wollan received, she said she is excited to start planning the next one.

“I already have a few themes in mind and I am getting a bit too anxious already,” she said.

Wollan’s Peacock Futuristic Punk Fashion Show emphasized a theme that she described as being very out of the ordinary and eccentric, while still accentuating each participant’s personality.

“Starting something that has never been done before is always a challenging task, especially when the event is all about fashion and the major clothing attire in Sault Ste. Marie is camouflage,” she joked, noting that a fashion show is not a typical event that occurs in Sault Ste. Marie.

With no budget and a lot of creativity fueled by her education and internship experiences, Wollan put the show on with local donations including funds provided from her own pocket.

“Creating the pieces in the show as well as directing, planning, organizing, producing, marketing, and choreographing, were all long processes,” she said. “Although this show was far from easy, I loved every second of it and can’t wait for the next one.”

Wollan said the show’s auction of “LSSU’s finest men,” for luncheon dates was a success as well. One of the luncheon dates with the five dashing young men was purchased by the parents of a four-year-old girl who was very excited to go on the date with her sports hero Derek Kinney, a former LSSU basketball player and recent graduate from the LSSU business/marketing program.

Alien Mischief

Wollan, currently working in the LSSU Graphics and Public Relations departments, hopes to expand her knowledge in writing and graphic design, as well as her innovation and creative techniques.

“After the show’s great success, in May I was invited to a Teaching and Learning Conference at Sault College in Sault, Ontario, to present an outline of the event and what I learned during its presentation. It was a very fulfilling experience and I am so grateful I was able to be a part of it. I know there are more good things to come,” she said.

The internship and fashion show illustrate how LSSU students are able to transform the concepts they learn in the classroom into real-life experiences, something that many LSSU students are able to do in their varying fields of study.

For more information about LSSU business programs, or to see photos from Wollan’s Peacock Futuristic Pink Fashion Show, visit


CONTACTS: John Shibley, e-mail, 906-635-2314; Tom Pink, e-mail, 635-2315;Helena Wollan, e-mail.