JCJC Fashion Show and Model Competition

Written By: Teresa Martin
Email Address: teresa.martin@jcjc.edu
Date Submitted: 2011-11-11 08:26:34

ELLISVILLE – Jones County Junior College Fashion Merchandising students will be ‘walking’ the cat walk and showing off their talents at the bi-annual Fashion Show. The “Twisted Fantasy” Fashion Show is free and open to the public and begins at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, November 15, at the Whitehead Advanced Technology Center. The show is an opportunity for students to get hands on experience with every aspect of coordinating and participating in a fashion show. 

“These JCJC fashion sales and fashion merchandising students spend 12 weeks preparing for a full scale fashion show,” said Finee’ Ruffin, JCJC Fashion Merchandising instructor. “This is a tough task to complete. It is awesome to see the students work together and truly put what I have taught them in the classroom into action, as a real-world event.”
JCJC is the only Junior/Community College in Mississippi offering this unique experience, said Ruffin. The show also provides students with the chance to see how effective networking with businesses and merchandisers can be when trying to secure clothing for the show. This year’s vendors include the Buckle and Gander Mountain in Hattiesburg, and Elegant Evenings, Factory Connection and Funky Shoes in Laurel.
“They get experience in advertising, fundraising and managing money for the production, team building and most importantly, they live in a world of deadlines and production schedules,” said Ruffin.

Students said they appreciate the experience outside the classroom. 
“I feel ready to join any merchandising team and excel from what I have learned in the class,” said Jay Thompson, a sophomore from Petal.
As an added feature this centennial year at Jones, there will be a special segment reviewing 100 years of fashion. Fashion Merchandising students will be competing to see who can create a garment to be worn on the runway that is at least 80% recycled products. 
“Additionally, JCJC students will be competing for the title of ‘JCJC’s Next Top Model.’   This student will win the opportunity to be featured in upcoming publications,” said Ruffin.
If you can’t make the show, it will be streaming live on the jcjc web page. For more information contact Finee’ Ruffin at 601-477-7419 or email finee.ruffin@jcjc.edu


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