GB grad to present original designs in Threads fashion show

MT. PLEASANT — Millicent Briggs, a 2017 graduate of Grand Blanc High School, is one of the featured student designers in this year’s Central Michigan University Threads Fashion Show.

The 2021 show will be aired via livestream on April 24. Tickets are available at http://

Briggs, a senior at CMU, teamed up with fellow senior Morgan Collins to put together a collection.

“Our collection, Simple Soiree, is based on the mysterious nature of a masquerade ball,” said Briggs. “Guests can come and go surrounded by luxury, while hidden in glamorous dresses.

“We specifically wanted to use darker colors like black and red that represent elegance, lust, desire and mystery. To make our collection unique from a normal masquerade, we decided to make our collection less formal.”

The theme for the 2021 Threads fashion show is “Lucid Dreams.” A livestream and prerecorded video will begin at 7 p.m.

The audience will dive deep into three dream sequences creating one story of the REM (Rapid Eye Movement) sleep cycle, starting with tranquility to nightmare then ending in a fantasy.

Lucid Dreams will be the 23rd installment of the annual student-run fashion show.

“This will be our first ever virtual show, so we are working from a whole new format,” said co-producer Madison Delas. “It has allowed us to get really creative and we are so excited to make this part of the Threads legacy.”

Briggs and Collins had planned to show the collection in last year’s fashion show, which ended up being canceled due to COVID-19.

“This year, they decided to do an online fashion show to allow students to present their work,” said Briggs. “As a team, Morgan and I decided to join the show and are very excited to see it come to life.”

Briggs attended the University of Michigan – Flint for one year after graduating from Grand Blanc, then transferred to CMU.

“I’ve always loved fashion and, when I saw Central had a program for fashion merchandising and design, I knew I had to jump on the opportunity,” she said.

Briggs will graduate in May with a degree in fashion merchandising and a minor in fashion design. She plans to pursue a career in the fashion industry.

“With COVID, it’s been somewhat difficult to find a path to start my career, but I am excited to see what the future holds,” she said.