One of the first big tests on the road to launching the CCAD Fashion Show is facing the jury. This is where a group of professionals evaluate two garments from each designer. A lot is at stake. No one is guaranteed a spot on the runway and if the jury thinks a designer’s work is not ready to walk, they could be dropped from the line up.
This year’s seven-member jury included Sarah Brennand and Kristen Tonge from Abercrombie & Fitch; Kristy Eckert from Dispatch Media; Melissa Kieffer from Lane Bryant; Julie Dean and CCAD Fashion Design alumna Sally Ewing (CCAD ’07) from Limited Brands; and Maren Roth from Rowe Boutique.
Designers were not present during the review, leaving the jurer’s to look at each garment objectively, knowing only the Master Designer muse associated with the look.
They carefully looked at each piece from every angle, they felt fabrics, examined linings, and paid close attention to handmade accessories.
Over all the jury was very impressed with what they saw (soon after leaving Ms Kristy Eckert tweeted, “Some really beautiful pieces in this year’s show! So impressed.” But rest assured the designers are getting invaluable constructive feedback from this experience—during the three-hour process each jury member took detailed notes, which will be typed up and turned over to each student.
Soon we will have a list of all the designers participating in the 2011 Fashion Show (and we’ll include their Masters of Design muse with links to websites or Wiki bios). Then there’s the photo shoot and for the rest of the spring you’ll be able to dive deeper into each designer’s creative approach and inspiration for his or her collection.
If you want to see the finished looks, be sure to buy your tickets online now. They are selling quickly and prices go up in March. (Click thumbnail to view full image).
The CCAD Fashion Show is an annual fundraising event that showcases the talent of graduating Columbus College of Art & Design Fashion Design Seniors. This popular event sells out every year and this blog is a portal through which to view the behind-the-scenes goings on.