Fashion Without Fabric show a highlight of Family Weekend

April 3, 2017

A student walks the runway during the 2016 Fashion Without Fabric show.

With more than 100 student entries, the annual Fashion Without Fabric show promises to be a highlight of UW-Stout’s Family Weekend, Friday through Sunday, April 7-9.

A total of 108 designs have been entered involving more than 200 students from UW-Stout’s School of Art and Design. The designs that hit the runway at 8 p.m. Saturday in the Great Hall of the Memorial Student Center can be made of anything but traditional fabric.

The theme of this year’s show is Real Genius, based on the MacArthur Foundation Fellows. Student designers can base a design on the body of work by a MacArthur Fellow whether from the field of public concern, art or science.

Tickets for the show are sold out, but tickets to a livestream viewing in the student center are available for $4 or at the service desk in the student center, 715-232-1431.

Rebecca Sheahan, of Oakfield, a senior in graphic design and interactive media, is organizing the show for the third straight year.

Fashion Without Fabric is such a compelling event because there is nothing else quite like it. Every year I have been surprised by the unique outcomes that students are able to create,” Sheahan said. “The show is really a culmination of the students' work, and it is great to be able to showcase their achievement while putting on an entertaining show.”

This year attendees are invited to share their event photos using the hashtag: #stoutFWOF.

The weekend includes more than two dozen events and activities, which are geared toward students and their families but are open to the public.

Friday’s events include a student pottery sale from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. (same times Saturday, Sunday); guided tours of the Mabel Tainter Center for the Arts from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. (also Saturday); a reception for the annual Juried Student Art Exhibit at Furlong Gallery from 4 to 6 p.m.; and the 4:51 Film Festival and Exhibition, featuring short student films, from 4:51 to 6 p.m.

In the evening are the Monster Drawing Rally, with artwork created and sold on site, from 6 to 9 p.m.; University Theatre’s Seussical musical at 7:30 p.m. (also two shows Saturday); and stand-up comedy by Michael Palascak at 8 p.m.

Features of Saturday’s schedule are:

  • 9 a.m., a 5K Family Fun Walk/Run through campus.
  • 9:30 a.m. to noon, a free pancake breakfast in the basement of McCalmont Hall, sponsored by the Honors College Student Council.
  • 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., coffee and conversation with Chancellor Bob Meyer in Huff’s Lounge, on the lower level of the student center.
  • 1 to 2:30 p.m., a book signing by Jerome Poling, author of the new UW-Stout history book, “An Idea Comes of Age, 1891-2016,” at Stoutfitters on the lower level of the student center.
  • 1 to 3 p.m., Family Trivia, sponsored by the Involvement Center, at the Terrace, on the upper level of the student center.
  • 1 to 2 p.m., a silent auction with hotel and restaurant packages from the student chapter of the American Hotel & Lodging Association, in ballroom C, upper level of the student center.
  • 2-4 p.m., a bean bag tournament on the lawn south of the student center.

Baseball and softball double-headers are scheduled Saturday and Sunday.

For a full list of events and more details, go to the website. Families planning to attend should register in advance at the website or when they arrive at the check-in and registration table in the Memorial Student Center. Registration is free.



A student walks the runway during the 2016 Fashion Without Fabric show. This year’s show is Saturday, April 8.