Worthington fashion designer invited to Minnesota Fashion Week – The Globe

Worthington fashion designer invited to Minnesota Fashion Week – The Globe

WORTHINGTON — Suree Sompamitwong, a local woman who founded Creative Healing Space and ArtInvasionz, a clothing line with a cause centered on art, mental health and social justice, has her clothes accepted at Minnesota Fashion Week.

Now she’s on a mission to find five Nobles County women over the age of 18 who are interested in modeling her designs during events September 18-25 at the American Swedish Institute in Minneapolis.

On Monday, Sompamitwong met with the director of Coalesce Collective, a production company that promotes Asian Pacific American and Black, Indigenous and Color communities.

“They are a really cool production company,” Sompamitwong said. “They want to bring people together to make a bigger statement.”

All models participating in Minnesota Fashion Week will be able to walk the runway at the same time, wearing designs from nine different designers selected for the event.

As Sompamitwong prepares for Minnesota Fashion Week, he needs five female models to help showcase the ArtInvasionz clothing line. She would like them to be Nobles County residents, over the age of 18, and encourages anyone interested to contact her as soon as possible.

“It’s just over a month until the fashion show,” he said, pointing to the August 24 deadline to select models. “This is an incredible opportunity. There are so many people from Minneapolis who want to do this, but I want people from Nobles County.”

Because the models will need to travel to Minneapolis, Sompamitwong requires that they be at least 18 years old. If possible, the ride will be shared.

To apply to be one of ArtInvasionz’s models, Sompamitwong asks for a 3-4 minute video in which the person states their name, age, why they want to model their clothing line, and shares what makes it unique. Videos should be sent to her at artinvasionzclothing@gmail.com.

“I want people with an entrepreneurial attitude who are looking for a future in the modeling industry,” Sompamitwong shared, adding that it is important that they also want to represent a clothing line that promotes social justice, the arts, and mental health.

“I really want them to promote our message,” Sompamitwong said, adding that the models will be paid for their work.

Models must be available for a studio session on August 27, as well as a dress rehearsal at the American Swedish Institute on September 18, followed by the fashion show on September 19.

Sompamitwong created 19 pieces, of which 10 will be featured in the show. Five male models for her designs were selected by a Twin Cities-based motorcycle company with whom she was paired.

In addition to clothing, sculptures and artwork by Sompamitwong will also be on display.

Sompamitwong is hopeful that after Minnesota Fashion Week, she’ll be invited to Los Angeles Fashion Week.

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