Students prepare for Lunar Gala

This year's Lunar Gala will deviate from past incarnations of the show. (credit: File Photo) This year's Lunar Gala will deviate from past incarnations of the show. (credit: File Photo)

Just weeks after last year’s Lunar Gala, while students and spectators were still reminiscing about the memorable fashion show, Ian Coleman, a junior in H&SS, and Eddie Wong, a 5th-year architecture student, were already beginning their jobs as executive producers for this year’s spectacle. This year’s theme? “_Mélange_.” The French word for mixture is a perfect representation of how this year’s show will evolve in fashion, structure, and meaning. In previous years, designers’ lines have been restricted in creativity by the themes. “_Mélange_ allows the designers to do whatever they wanted,” Coleman, a junior in H&SS, explained.

This year, designers were encouraged to show off a little, to demonstrate their strongest talents. The designers for the show are anything but professionals, although you wouldn’t guess it from their creations. In fact, this year’s event is dominated by 22 student designers, who have a mere 45 student models strutting their work. As in past years, the collections are not limited to either ready-to-wear or couture pieces. True to the title, it’s a blend of styles. “It’s always a mélange,” joked Coleman. It is impossible to say whether or not the lines in the show are a reflection of current fashion trends, such as the minimalism depicted in the Spring 2011 runway collections. The designers this year, however, are likely to be exceptionally innovative, as “they are many different people with different backgrounds and different things that inspire them,” Coleman explained.

The clothing is only one aspect that will be reinvented in this year’s show. The show’s structure has been given new thought as well: The stage itself will be a work of art that goes beyond the typical straight runway. Models will be meticulously emphasized by student-designed lighting, and Coleman and Wong will incorporate student-created artwork.

Lunar Gala will take place Feb. 5 — perfect timing, as the Chinese Lunar New Year is a mere two days prior. Since the Lunar New Year is the namesake of Lunar Gala, the producers have historically opened the event with a traditional celebration of Chinese culture, ranging from classical Chinese dancers to the sweeping and famous Chinese dragon dance.

This year, Coleman hinted that “attendees will be surprised with a less traditional opening” that will remain respectful of Chinese culture, yet take Lunar Gala in a surpring and refreshing direction in order to separate this year’s spectacle from the 14 prior events.

For now, rest assured that the show, as Coleman promised, will “be much more up close and personal this year,” in a way that will bridge the gap between audience and model, and in a way that will bring a love and admiration for fashion to all those who plan to attend.

For those who wish to witness the new future of Carnegie Mellon in the fashion world, tickets went on sale this past Friday, and representatives from Lunar Gala will be selling these tickets in the University Center all this week.