IADT-Orlando to Present 5th Annual IMAGINE Fashion Show

June 13, 2011

IMAGINE 2011ORLANDO, FL – July 30th, 2011 – This summer, the International Academy of Design and Technology (IADT) - Orlando will present its 5th annual IMAGINE Fashion Show on Saturday, July 30, at 8 p.m.

Against a backdrop of vintage aircraft at the Kissimmee Air Museum, the runway will feature garments designed and constructed by students receiving a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Fashion Design & Merchandising from IADT.

Guests will experience a patriotic celebration of American fashions for the fall/winter 2011/12 season. The romance of vintage travel will be seen in day, club, cocktail and evening wear designs. Students will also compete in a designer challenge judged by guest industry professionals. The two-week-long competition will require students to test their creativity while incorporating the nostalgia of the event. At the conclusion of the show, six awards will be presented to participating designers, including Best in Show, Most Marketable Collection, and Most Innovative Design.

A portion of the proceeds from event ticket sales will be donated to the Jacksonville, Fla.-based Wounded Warrior Project. The objective is to raise awareness and funds in support of the charity’s efforts to help injured servicemen and women of this generation. For more information, please visit http://www.woundedwarriorproject.org.

“All aspects of the show from planning and marketing to behind the scenes production involve IADT-Orlando students. IMAGINE 2011 is an exciting opportunity for students to experience the energy felt in planning a major fashion show production,” says Sharon Smith, department chair for Fashion Design & Merchandising. “For students exhibiting collections, this is a fabulous opportunity to showcase their talent to the local community, while further developing their fashion design and garment construction skills.”

Professional runway models from Benz Modeling Agency will wear the student designs. Hair and makeup for the models will feature finger waves and vintage-inspired styles of the 1940s created by Aveda Institute Orlando.

The show takes place Saturday, July 30, at the Kissimmee Air Museum, 233 North Hoagland Blvd, Kissimmee, FL, 34741. The V.I.P. event starts at 6:30 p.m., doors open at 7 p.m., and the fashion runway show starts at 8 p.m.

Tickets for the show are available in advance from http://imagine2011orlando.eventbrite.com/ or from the International Academy of Design & Technology bookstore. Tickets can be purchased at the door as available for $20.

IMAGINE 2011 is supported by Warbird Adventures Inc. and the Aveda Institute Orlando.

About the International Academy of Design and Technology in Orlando

With more than 30 years as an established institution, the International Academy of Design and Technology offers students a hands-on education with experienced faculty dedicated to providing students with the necessary skills, knowledge, support and guidance to pursue fulfilling career opportunities in the design and technology fields. The Orlando campus (IADT-Orlando), which opened in 2007, offers degree programs in graphic design, interior design, fashion design and merchandising, advertising design, game production and digital media production. Students also have the opportunity to take a portion of their coursework online through IADT-Online. The school is accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS). ACICS is a national accrediting agency recognized by the United States Department of Education. Find disclosures on graduation rates, student financial obligations and more at www.iadt.edu/disclosures. IADT-Orlando cannot guarantee employment or salary and is part of Career Education Corporation network of schools (NASDAQ: CECO). For more information, visit www.iadt.edu/Orlando or call (888) 489-8111.

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For photos, additional information, or to inquire about press passes, please contact Sharon Smith, department chair for Fashion Design & Merchandising, International Academy of Design & Technology - Orlando, at ssmith@iadt.edu or 407.515.2570.