During the week of April 23, Southern Illinois University students in the Hospitality, Tourism and Administration program along with Fashion Design and Merchandising programs worked with the Advertising specialization of the School of Journalism to bring a fun week to the SIU campus and around downtown Carbondale. The inaugural Food & Fashion Week was born. The week capped off on April 27 with a Passion for Fashion Gala at the Garden Grove Event Center in Carbondale. 150 Years of Fashion was the theme of the event that featured period pieces from local women across the decades. Dinner and refreshments were served. A silent auction was also held to raise funds for scholarships for the programs involved. The evening culminated with a special vintage fashion show. Music was provided by Kevin Lucas Orchestra.

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