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Ryerson fashion students had to choose between runways and midterms last week.

LG Fashion Week, the second largest fashion week in North America, ran from Oct. 19 to Oct. 24 in Toronto. The event, which falls during fashion students’ midterms, could provide industry exposure for students if they’re able to attend.

“Everything is due during fashion week. My priority is school,” said Jordyn Potter, a third-year fashion student.

“I would love to go to fashion week but I just didn’t have the time.”

Lorna Lewis, fashion program assistant, believes that students should be involved in fashion week in order to gain perspective on what their future career may entail. Making the time may come at a cost though. ”

They must give up one thing for another sometimes,” said Lewis.

“Our program is rigorous and demanding; on top of that many students work part time. That is the reality of the situation,” said Robert Ott, chair of fashion.

“I’m not sure if simply rescheduling midterms is a solution,” said Ott. Even without this change, faculty and administration think improvements can be made.

“We’re working on establishing many more relationships with industry leaders to help our students experience the grit.

“I would love to move classes for the entire time during LG Fashion Week to the tents.” said Ott.

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