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Pink dresses on display in Downtown Columbia

October 14, 2013

Stephens College fashion students are putting their pink dresses on display in downtown Columbia this month in support of Breast Cancer Awareness.
At Tallulah’s on Broadway this morning, juniors Becky Saunders and Madison Moore set up Audrah Davidson’s leaf-themed dress and another, created by Melinda Thieding, made entirely from wine and Champagne corks. 
The project required the students to find items in the store to display alongside the dresses, and Saunders and Moore chose a baking theme. Pink cookbooks and linens, along with a muffin pan and silver frame, complemented the dresses.
Store owners Melissa Alabach and Mary Stauffer have been partnering with Stephens’ pink dress project during Breast Cancer Awareness Month since the kitchen, tabletop and home store opened nearly three years ago.
“It’s a great cause,” Alabach said.
“And I love the creativity,” Stauffer added. “It’s always fun to see what they come up with.”
The dresses were designed last month in Tina Marks’ Creating Sustainable Communities course. 
Faculty judges selected six to be displayed, and students in a Visual Merchandising class are now working with merchants to get the winning designs in storefront windows where they will be displayed the remainder of the month.

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