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Art student combines graphic design, fashion for senior exhibit in April

Calling her work a wearable diary, an Austin Peay State University student who has started a clothing line will illustrate how she combined graphic design with fashion.

Electra B. Frederick, a senior graphic design major from Clarksville, will present ElectraCity: A Fashion Show, 7:30-9:30 p.m., Tuesday, April 4 in the Morgan University Center Ballroom on campus.
Calling her work a “wearable diary,” an Austin Peay State University student who has started a clothing line will illustrate how she combined graphic design with fashion.

Electra B. Frederick, a senior graphic design major from Clarksville, will present “ElectraCity: A Fashion Show,” 7:30-9:30 p.m., Tuesday, April 4 in the Morgan University Center Ballroom on campus.

“Through this technique, I have found that my love for design and fashion have collided,” she said. “I have created a wearable diary, one that expresses aspirations, desires and dreams that so many of us try to keep hidden. It is a self-discovery process with each design.”

Frederick, who is scheduled to graduate in May with a Bachelor of Fine Arts, is among other students enrolled in a course that requires seniors seeking a major in the arts field to create an exhibition of their work.

Combining urban styles with suburban influences, Frederick said her designs have gained recognition with major designers in Nashville, New York and Los Angeles. She recently started her own clothing line under the trademark name of ElectraCity.

“The process just doesn't stop. You have to think constantly about it, dream about it, discuss it,” Frederick said of designing her T-shirts. “You practically have to be obsessed it.”

In addition to the fashion show, posters of Frederick's T-shirt designs can be viewed 12:30-5:30 p.m., April 5 and 2-5 p.m., April 7 in the Trahern Building Mezzanine on campus. The posters also will be on display 8 a.m.-10 p.m., beginning today through April 14 in Java City on campus.

For more information or to view Frederick's designs, visit her Web site at www.electracity.net. -- Melony Leazer