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Worthington fashion designer invited to Minnesota Fashion Week

Five local models needed to showcase clothing line focusing on art, mental health and social justice.

Suree Sompamitwong
Suree Sompamitwong models some of the fashions she has designed. She is seeking five Nobles County women to model her clothing during Minnesota Fashion Week events.
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WORTHINGTON — Suree Sompamitwong, a local woman who founded Creative Healing Space and ArtInvasionz, a clothing line with a cause focusing on art, mental health and social justice, has had her clothing accepted into Minnesota Fashion Week.

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She’s now on a mission to find five Nobles County women ages 18 and older who are interested in modeling her designs during events Sept. 18-25, at the American Swedish Institute in Minneapolis.

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

“They’re a really cool production company,” Sompamitwong said. “They want to bring individuals together to make a larger statement.”

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

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Seeking models

As Sompamitwong prepares for Minnesota Fashion Week, she is in need of five female models to help showcase the ArtInvasionz clothing line. She’d like for them to be Nobles County residents, ages 18 and older, and encourages anyone interested to reach out to her as soon as possible.

“The fashion show is just over a month away,” she said, noting an Aug. 24 deadline to have models selected. “This is an amazing opportunity. There’s so many people from Minneapolis that want to do this, but I want Nobles County people.”

Because the models will need to travel to Minneapolis, Sompamitwong requests they be at least 18 years old. Ride sharing will be done if possible.

To apply to be one of the ArtInvasionz models, Sompamitwong is requesting a 3-4 minute video in which the person states their name, age, why they want to model her clothing line, and share what is unique about them. The videos should be sent to her at artinvasionzclothing@gmail.com.

“I want people with a go-getter attitude who are looking for a future in the modeling industry,” Sompamitwong shared, adding that it’s important 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 models will be paid for their work.

The models must be available for a studio shoot on Aug. 27, as well as a dress rehearsal at the American Swedish Institute on Sept. 18, followed by the fashion show on Sept. 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 that she was paired with.

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In addition to the clothing, Sompamitwong’s sculpture and artwork will also be displayed.

Sompamitwong is hopeful that after Minnesota’s Fashion Week, she will be invited to L.A. Fashion Week.

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Julie Buntjer became editor of The Globe in July 2021, after working as a beat reporter at the Worthington newspaper since December 2003. She has a bachelor's degree in agriculture journalism from South Dakota State University.
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