SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. – A Lake Superior State University student is combining her interests in fashion, the arts and charitable giving along with her major in business administration/marketing to put on what may be the first LSSU-student produced campus fashion show.
Sault Ste. Marie resident Helena Wollan, a sophomore in LSSU's business program, is hosting the Peacock Futuristic Punk Fashion Show at 7 p.m. on Saturday, April 20, in LSSU's Arts Center auditorium. Admission is by donation to the American Cancer Society.
PEACOCK PUNK -- LSSU student Helena Wollan displays some of her fashion creations on the computer screen and in hand. The community can see more and help out the American Cancer Society at the same time during Wollan's Peacock Futuristic Punk Fashion Show on campus April 20. (Photo by Malloree McLeod)
Working with her supervisor, Prof. Valerie Phillips, Wollan is earning internship credit through the show, which features clothing, make-up and hair styles that she designed herself, using a multitude of materials including fabric, feathers, paint and lights. The show also features designs provided by friends.
The event will feature 15 area women and a couple of men, mostly LSSU students, and will include food, singing, dancing and an auction of LSSU's "finest men" for a dinner or luncheon date, courtesy of gift certificates provided by area restaurants. Wollan said a number of area businesses have provided donations of goods and services.
Wollan is fusing many of her interests and passions in the production of this fashion show. She said Phillips, her academic advisor, encouraged her to pursue it as part of her business education, drawing from her experience in the classroom and during an internship she had last summer with Glamour magazine in New York City.
“I was inspired to do this because of the knowledge I acquired while interning at Glamour,” Wollan said. “I have always loved to draw and design, but had never really thought of making a line of clothing until this year.”
Wollan said she made everything from recycled materials, including empty pouches that once held flavored drinks, material from doll clothing, feathers, and even tin foil.
“I love the creative, innovative aspect of things and to be able to do this theme was my favorite part,” she said. “I am obsessed with futuristic metallic material and peacock colors. I also have a punk side to me that I wanted to bring out in my show, so I incorporated that as well.”
Wollan said she decided to have all of the proceeds from the show go to the American Cancer Society because when she was living in New York for her internship, her mother was diagnosed with cancer.
“It was hard to deal with, but she has stayed strong and continues to push me, support me, and inspire me,” Wollan said. “I also lost my dear friend Shari, recently, and she is another reason why I wanted to contribute to the American Cancer Society.”
Wollan said the show has been a great learning experience for her, but it has been a lot of work.
“I have loved every aspect of creating this show. It is challenging, but right up my alley.
It is a lot more work than I had originally imagined, because as the producer and designer there are so many things that must be done. Luckily, I have a lot of my friends assisting me. I am very grateful for them and all of the area businesses that donated door prizes, dinners for the auction, and more.”
For more information on the Peacock Futuristic Punk Fashion Show, contact Wollan at email@example.com or 906-630-0610. -LSSU-
Some of Wollan's designs
(Photos by Malloree McLeod and Drew Putvin)
CONTACT: Tom Pink, 906-635-2315, firstname.lastname@example.org; John Shibley, 635-2314, email@example.com; Helena Wollan, firstname.lastname@example.org, 906-630-0610.