COLUMBUS, Ohio — Columbus is the number three fashion city in the U.S. And the CCAD Senior Fashion Show is the hottest runway event in town.
This year, the annual juried event will feature more than 70 looks created by 18 student designers (16 Fashion Design seniors and two MFA candidates). The looks range from ethereal eveningwear and runway-worthy pantsuits to chunky sweaters made out of natural fibers and updated motocross wear.
“Our designers always produce amazing collections, but I’m really impressed by the wide range of talent and looks this year,” said Suzanne Cotton, Chair of CCAD’s Fashion Design program.
This year’s designers include:
Inspiration for Madeline Burgess’ collection struck her as she was watching the BBC series Planet Earth. So she set out to create a collection featuring bold hues and natural fibers like silk and angora. Burgess also values sustainability and prefers to use fabrics that will decompose over time.
When Jasmine Burton was a little girl, she would knit outfits for her Barbies. Now, at CCAD, Burton is making pantsuits inspired by gowns on the red carpet. Using blacks, whites, and creams and plenty of hand beading and appliques, Burton has crafted posh pantsuits that bring a welcome update to old Hollywood glam.
Sarah Marie Gillespie
Sarah Marie Gillespie has been riding dirt bikes since she was 5 years old. So she’s had a long time to think about the tension between form and function for the specialized activewear worn by motocross athletes. The components in Gillespie’s collection are crafted from fabrics that are made to stretch, breathe, hug and fit in exactly the right places and ways.
Femininity is at the heart of the eveningwear collection from Jenny Moon, which features materials such as lace and organza. Moon is also inspired by the delicate textures and hues of flower petals, as well as their shape — her dresses include individually attached “petals” that add to their volume. Moon says she has appreciated the opportunity to learn different techniques, such as pattern-making, draping, and illustrating, since beginning her education at CCAD.
The 2017 CCAD Senior Fashion Show
happens Friday, May 12, at CCAD. A VIP cocktail reception starts at 7 p.m., doors for general admission open at 8, and the event gets underway at 8:30, followed by the Après-Runway Dance Party at 9:30. For tickets and more information, visit ccad.edu/fashionshow
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