The show was held on Saturday, Feb. 13, in the Brown Ballroom. Each scene featured a magazine title.
The magazines featured were XXL, Billboard, and Rolling Stone.
“This year’s show was amazing from organization, to the models, to the audience participation, to the designers. Everything was just a step up”, says junior Stephen Minter, senior event coordinator.
The show featured student designers and stylists from Illinois State University, Northern Illinois University, and the Chicagoland area.
“My favorite part was actually getting on stage… and the bond that we formed as a team together,” says transfer student and model Joi Stewart.
There were over 50 different models, six scene leads, six scene assistants, and crew members who helped with clothing transitions.
Between August and October, members of College Experience set up casting calls for both men and women models. The models must be willing to work hard and dedicate their time to future practices.
Between October and December, the designers, music and stylists are solidified.
January and February, the show’s agenda is prepared and the pace is quickened.
The day of the show, models arrived at 10 a.m, despite audience call time at 6 p.m.
Around 2 p.m the models ate lunch, did their own hair and makeup and then prepared to be given their clothes for the show.
Around 4:00 pm, the stage was perfectly set up and the lights and production crew were running sound and lighting checks to ensure the perfect show.
By 5:30 pm, friends and family members were arriving and forming a line outside the doors.
Admission for the show was free.
The show started around 7:10 pm.
It ended at 9:16 p.m. The audience rose to give the staff, models, and the DJ a standing ovation.
“My favorite part of the show was the end. We have worked so hard for (like) six months to put this show together and it finally came together within 2 hours,” says Minter.