“Timeless” Trunk Show Celebrates Local Talent, Entrepreneurship, and Creative Redesign!

Local fashion experts will serve as judges at a unique trunk show event – the third collaboration between Express Yourself Clothing and St. Catherine University’s Apparel, Merchandising, and Design Department. The event will feature the work of six students who used garments selected from Express Yourself Clothing to create original pieces for, “Timeless: Fashion Through The Ages.” Each ensemble will be judged by industry professionals, as well as customers to select a “Judges’ Choice” and a “Fan Favorite” award winner.

The trunk show is free and open to the public.

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What:        Express Yourself Clothing is hosting a trunk show featuring unique re-designs by students in the St. Catherine University Apparel Design program.

Where:     Express Yourself Clothing, 1154 Selby Avenue, St. Paul, MN 55104

When:       Friday, November 8, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm with an awards presentation beginning at 8:30 pm

The “Timeless” Trunk show is a part of a project designed by St. Catherine University Professor Anupama Pasricha, PhD. Through the project, a team of talented design students partners with youth apprentices at Express Yourself Clothing to produce the trunk show. The trunk show  serves as an opportunity to showcase the design talents of the students, highlights a commitment to teaching sustainability and celebrates the enterprising spirit of young women.

Expert Judges for the redesign competition include:

Kristy Janigo:  Academic Department Director, School of Fashion, Art Institutes

Allison Kaplan: Senior Editor, Minneapolis/St. Paul Magazine

Sally McGraw:  Author, Entrepreneur, alreadypretty.com

Tara Murphy:  Executive Director of MN Fashion

Sponsors for the event include:  Espresso Services, Inc. and Sexton Printing, Inc.

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About Youth Express: Since 1995, Youth Express has offered young people apprenticeships at youth-directed social enterprises.  As a community based organization in the Midway neighborhood of St. Paul, Youth Express serves the East Metro’s young people – helping to develop the entrepreneurial, work, and leadership potential of youth. Youth Express operates two youth directed social enterprises:  Express Bike Shop and Express Yourself Clothing.  The businesses serve as both traditional businesses and, behind the scenes, as business labs where urban youth learn the tools of entrepreneurship. 100% of all revenue from the stores is reinvested back into the Youth Express program to provide additional training and paid apprenticeships for more youth.

Youth Express is a program of Keystone Community Services, a community-based human service organization dedicated to helping individuals and families improve their quality of life. For more information about Keystone, go to www.keystonecommunityservices.org or call 651-603-6650.

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