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(March 31, 2014)

Top Students' Designs Shine in Annual Fashion Show Raising Scholarship Funds

COLUMBUS, Ohio (March 31, 2014)—From couture gowns to ready-to-wear frocks, the latest fashions by the newest generation of designers will hit the runway May 9 at the annual Columbus College of Art & Design Senior Fashion Show at CCAD Design Studios on Broad raising nearly $200,000 for the college’s general scholarship fund.

Touted an “unlikely” but emerging fashion hub by USA Today, Columbus is home to retail giants and up-and-coming boutiques. Among the area’s major fashion design employers who will be scouting the show are Lane Bryant, Express, Abercrombie & Fitch, Tween Brands and Victoria’s Secret.

Sixty-eight designs by 21 senior design students were selected by a jury of fashion industry executives to be shown on the runway for the annual event, which is expected to net about $200,000 for CCAD’s general scholarship fund. The event begins with a VIP reception, followed by the runway show and a dance-the-night-away party at CCAD’s Design Studios on Broad. Tickets, priced at $350 for VIP seats and $125 for General Admission, are available online.

“We are thrilled, once again, to showcase the collective talents of our students to the creative community in Columbus and beyond,” said Laurie Beth Sweeney, CCAD vice president for Advancement. “With the generous support of our sponsors and guests, we are helping fund the next wave of creative talent at CCAD.”

CCAD’s fashion design program is among the top 20 programs in the world, according to fashionista.com’s annual rankings. The fashion show began as part of the traditional year-end student exhibition. The college first marketed the event as a fundraiser in 2007.

Each year, senior fashion design students complete a year-long course to create their own signature collections. Designers presented up to six completed garments from their collections to the jury Feb. 28. The jury chose 68 for the runway show.

The Senior Fashion Show is part of a robust weekend of activity at CCAD — the 135th Annual Student Exhibition opens at 5 p.m. May 9, and commencement follows at 10 a.m. May 10 at the Palace Theatre.


About CCAD
Columbus College of Art & Design, founded in 1879, is one of the oldest and largest private art and design colleges in the United States with 1,300 undergraduate and graduate students. CCAD offers bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Fine Arts. Undergraduate students choose from nine majors: photography, industrial design, advertising and graphic design, animation, illustration, fine arts, fashion design, interior design and cinematic arts. www.ccad.edu