Posted on February 13th, 2019

Garments Inspired by Anastasia, Designed by El Centro College Students



Dallas, TX (Feb. 13, 2019) – The El Centro College Special Topics in Fashion Design and Illustration class is very much like the TV show “Project Runway,” with students being tasked to create a project under the mentorship of a professional designer. For this semester’s challenge, El Centro College fashion design students collaborated with Dallas Summer Musicals (DSM) to create pieces inspired by the hit Broadway musical, ANASTASIA, which is coming to DSM on its first North American tour beginning Feb. 19.

The mentor for this challenge, renowned Dallas designer Rob Bradford, urged students to research the history of the Romanovs, the family of the musical’s title heroine and Russia’s last royal dynasty, to learn about their prominence, privilege and the fashions they wore.

In addition to learning some of the Russian history of the day, El Centro students took other period influences into account when creating their designs. Exaggeration for the stage was emphasized, as well as attention to accessories to enhance the garments.

El Centro’s partnership with DSM began in 2015 and has provided numerous opportunities for students to stretch their design abilities, as well as showcase their work in conjunction with the musicals behind their creations. All student designs are displayed in a special wing of the historic Music Hall at Fair Park during the production’s run, where they are viewed by thousands of DSM patrons. Other DSM productions that have inspired El Centro fashion design students include On Your Feet! The Musical, Kinky Boots and An American in Paris.

The students who participated in this design challenge include Jianan Di, Loren Franco, Keven Hernandez, Bryan Jimenez, Christine Mixon, Ameerah Muhammad, Vickie Muhammad, Edna Berniece, Monserrath Santillana and Arnulfo Villarreal. They were overseen by El Centro fashion design program coordinator Brenda Carlson.

From the Tony Award®-winning creators of the Broadway classic Ragtime and inspired by the beloved films, ANASTASIA transports us from the twilight of the Russian Empire to the euphoria of Paris in the 1920s, as a brave young woman sets out to discover the mystery of her past. Pursued by a ruthless Soviet officer determined to silence her, Anya enlists the aid of a dashing conman and a lovable ex-aristocrat. Together, they embark on an epic adventure to help her find home, love, and family. 

Single tickets for ANASTASIA, which will run at the Music Hall at Fair Park from Feb. 19 through March 3, are now on sale at DallasSummerMusicals.org, with prices starting at $25 (subject to change). Tickets can also be purchased in person at the Music Hall at Fair Park Box Office Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Groups of 10 or more get concierge service and may receive a special discount on their tickets. To book a group, please call (214) 426-4768 or email Groups@DallasSummerMusicals.org.

For more information about El Centro College’s fashion design program, visit https://www.elcentrocollege.edu/cd/dcc/design/fdesign/pages/default.aspx 

About El Centro College:

El Centro College became the flagship college of the Dallas County Community College District when it opened its doors in 1966.  Students from all parts of Dallas County take advantage of core educational courses transferable to four-year institutions, as well as career training in more than 50 exciting fields and a variety of continuing/workforce education courses. Students at El Centro are of all ages and come from all walks of life eager to begin their pathway to a successful career.

About Dallas Summer Musicals:

Since 1941, the non-profit Dallas Summer Musicals Inc. (DSM) has presented the Best of Broadway to North Texas audiences. Located in the historic Music Hall at Fair Park, DSM promotes excellence in live musical theatre with year-round performances for diverse audiences of all ages, impacting the lives of children and families through education and community outreach programs, while enriching the cultural landscape of North Texas and the Southwest Region.

As a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, DSM relies on a variety of funding sources to offer affordable ticket prices, preserve the beautiful historic theatre, educate young audiences and develop impactful community programs.

DSM gratefully acknowledges the support of our season sponsors, annual fund donors and corporate partners American Airlines, Texas Instruments, The Dallas Morning News, and WFAA TV Channel 8. For more information about Dallas Summer Musicals, please call 214-421-5678 or visit our website at DallasSummerMusicals.org.