Panthers on the runway

The annual Textiles and Apparel (TAPP) Catwalk fashion show is a fierce spectacle where TAPP students can showcase their work for the campus and community. While Tyra Banks won’t be there to crown America’s Next Top Model, this year’s show marks the 25th anniversary of the TAPP Catwalk and executive director April Torney and her team have prepared a show of global proportions. 

TAPP Catwalk 25

The theme for TAPP Catwalk 25 is "Around the World in 60 Minutes," and the stage team for the show went above and beyond to create sets that capture the essence of three exotic categories: Japanese Jewel, Egyptian Energy and Paris Passion.

The theme for TAPP Catwalk 25 is “Around the World in 60 Minutes,” and the stage team for the show went above and beyond to create sets that capture the essence of three exotic categories: Japanese Jewel, Egyptian Energy and Paris Passion. This is the first year that the Catwalk has featured set changes and the students didn’t shy away from the challenge, which included creating an 18 ft. replica of the Eiffel Tower.

The TAPP Catwalk was organized by a group of 17 TAPP students on three committees. The promotions committee, chaired by Madi Luke, publicized the event, while the model committee, chaired by Kennedy Elliot, recruited and prepared models and the stage committee, chaired by Dennis Arteaga, took care of props, lighting, music and more. Abby Burds oversaw the budgeting for the event, which included finding ways to utilize on-campus resources to bring the show to life. As executive director, April helped bring everything together.

“The biggest challenge was definitely being a full-time student and making sure everything for the show was completed on schedule,” said April. “But seeing everyone work together to get things done has helped make this an amazing experience.”

This is April’s third year as a designer for the show, and she knows firsthand how valuable this experience is for TAPP students. “It gives us the experience of putting pieces in a show, gives us a better idea about the construction of garments and we get high-resolution images for our portfolios” she said. “Plus it’s fun to invite friends and family to see our work.”

This year’s TAPP Catwalk also supports a good cause, the Out of the Darkness walk for suicide awareness. Donations for the walk will be accepted at the door.

The TAPP Catwalk 25 will take place at 7 p.m., Saturday, April 22, in Lang Auditorium. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the event is open to the public. For more information, contact April Torney at torneya@uni.edu.

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