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      Fashion show enhances Finlandia graduation

      Each year, prior to commencement, the graduating Finlandia Art and Design students exhibit their work at the Gallery. Something new was added to this year's graduation celebration, a fashion show.

      Before the reception for the Diploma Works exhibit, Pamela Kotila, a graduating senior, produced a fashion show at the Jutila Campus. Pamela is an extremely talented Fiber Art Major. The show included nine models wearing Pamela TMs creations.

      The evening began with opening introductions by Finlandia University Gallery Director and instructor, Carrie Flaspohler. Carrie was followed by an address by Denise Vandeville, the dean of the ISAD. There also were remarks made by Phyllis Fredendall, Associate Professor, Art & Design (Fiber/Fashion Design).

      Following the speeches, Pamela entertained the large audience with her original designs for both men and women. Pam has been a dedicated student; her fashion show exhibits that dedication. Next year, Pam will be traveling to the Far East where she will be employed as a teacher.

      Pamela TMs classmates participated in the show, modeling her designs. The fashion models for the show were J.R. DeMers, Jonathan Armanet, Emily B. Lanczy, Andre Phillips, Jordan Siegler, Ryosuke Arai, David Squires, Lana Bosak, and Aili Natsumushi.


      Guest article written by Lou Bonagura of

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