THREADS is an annual celebration showcasing student work from the Textiles and Fashion Design Program in the School of Human Ecology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. The show is produced with the collaborative participation of students across the UW-Madison campus. Combining music, lights, dance, and movement, Threads is an annual event that seeks to engage the Madison community in the excitement and appreciation of contemporary design.


  • Showcase and celebrate the work of students in the SoHE Design Studies Program
  • Provide students the opportunity to gain real-world experience as team members in producing a collaborative, highly creative, professional-level event
  • Use art and design to anchor SoHE as a hub for multi-disciplinary collaborations to create interaction and dialogue around issues in design


DS 501 — Public Presentation of Design  

Meet the Team

Emily Fleming

PR Lead & Event Coordinator

When I first joined Threads my sophomore year, I was excited to gain experience working on large scale fashion shows and events. Throughout my two years on the creative direction team, I have gained invaluable experience in social media, event preparation and high-level planning, creative and strategic writing, and leadership.
For my third year on the team, I am excited to continue bringing people together to facilitate discussions and appreciation of fashion and design in the Madison community.


Kennedy Fitzgerald

Photography Lead

 I was interested in the class was because I wanted to learn how to organize my creative ideas and how to communicate them efficiently to others. I also wanted to gain experience and a greater understanding of creative direction in a more professional and practical setting instead of just in the abstract.



Mia Cherti

Graphic Design Lead

I joined this class to not only learn what it takes to take a creative direction on event planning, but also to have a hands-on opportunity to plan a great event for my final fashion show. I currently am taking lead on graphic design to promote our event.


Lexi Swain

Social Media & PR Lead 

I decided to join this class because I really wanted to highlight my creative side. I also have always loved fashion and I realized this class is the perfect mix to highlight my creative side while being involved with fashion.


Yvett Sanchez

Website Lead

This is my first year helping out with the Threads Fashion & Design Event and I am so excited to be involved. I help out with updating and keeping the Threads website fresh and relevant!

I joined the class because I wanted to be involved in the behind the scenes of the event and show off the amazingly talented work of my peers!