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(May 1, 2013)


Showcase debuts best new talent in No. 3 U.S. market for fashion design employment


COLUMBUS, Ohio (May 1, 2013)—Paris, Milan, and Columbus, Ohio. The latest fashions by the newest generation of designers will hit the runway May 10 at the annual Columbus College of Art & Design Senior Fashion Show.

Columbus is ranked as the nation’s third largest market for fashion design employment in a study of public and private employment data by Economic Model Specialists, behind New York and San Francisco. 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-seven 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.

“This signature event showcases the work of our talented students to the creative industry employers, and helps us fund the educations of the next group of students,” said Laurie Beth Sweeney, CCAD vice president for Advancement. “Sponsors are investing in creative talent by supporting this event. All the models for the show are CCAD students as well.”

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 a signature collection. Designers presented up to six completed garments from their collections to the jury Feb. 28. The jury chose 67 for the runway show.

The Senior Fashion Show is part of a robust weekend of activity at CCAD—the 134th Annual Student Exhibition opens at 4 p.m. May 10, and commencement follows at 10 a.m. May 11 at the Ohio 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 1,350 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.