IADT-Tampa Hosts 27th Annual Imagine Fashion Show

May 19, 2012

IADT logoTampa (April 9, 2012) – The International Academy of Design & Technology-Tampa (IADT-Tampa) will present its 27th annual IMAGINE fashion show on Saturday, May 19. Held at the Mainsail Conference Center in Tampa, the evening will begin with a VIP pre-party at 6 PM, and the runway show will follow at 8 PM. Miss St. Petersburg USA 2013, Collins Medlin, will serve as the event emcee.

The show will feature approximately 200 designs created by 44 IADT-Tampa students, with a theme reflecting the uncertainty of the 2012 Mayan calendar. The room will go dark and glowing designs will start the night off; then, viewers will travel to the beach, the workplace, and to the club. A surprise video intermission will cast some light on the making of the show from behind the scenes. Extravagant fabric and trim then appear in cocktail and eveningwear, finishing with a bridal finale unlike any traditional wedding you’ve ever attended! The show also features some of IADT-Tampa’s community projects, including The Pink Party (in partnership with Westfield Mall) and the Festival of Chocolate (in partnership with MOSI).

IADT-Tampa will again partner with My Hope Chest, a local non-profit organization focusing on the issue of breast reconstruction for uninsured breast cancer survivors. There will be approximately 30 professional runway models from Benz and Alexa Modeling Agencies, as well as a myriad of event volunteers, including hair and makeup by Toni & Guy and The Art of Hendrickje. This innovative production by Directions Media will include state-of-the-art technology and entertainment. As the evening unwinds, “Best of Show” awards will be announced; attendees will also have the opportunity to participate in a "text-your-favorite designer" campaign. The results will be aired on July 29 at 2 PM, when the show is broadcast on MOR.

Tickets are on sale now and are available through the IADT-Tampa bookstore or by calling 813-889-3400. Inside the venue, the Promenade will have select seating at $25. Outside, the Salon will have $15 general admission seats, for an intimate runway experience similar to fashion week. For more information on the Imagine 2012 Fashion Show, please visit www.tampafashiondesignexpo.com.

About the International Academy of Design and Technology in Tampa

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 Tampa campus (IADT-Tampa), which opened in 1984, offers degree programs in fashion design, interior design, graphic design, professional photography, audio production, retail merchandise management, information technology, Internet marketing, and Web design and development. Students also have the opportunity to take a portion of their coursework online through IADT-Online. IADT-Tampa 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.  The International Academy of Design & Technology – Tampa’s Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interior Design program is accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA), 206 Grandville Ave, Suite 350, Grand Rapids, MI 49503, www.accredit-id.org. Find disclosures on graduation rates, student financial obligations and more at www.iadt.edu/disclosures.  IADT-Tampa cannot guarantee employment or salary and is a member of the Career Education Corporation (NASDAQ:CECO) network of universities, colleges and schools. For more information, visit www.iadt.edu/Tampa.