2018 CCAD Fashion Show to showcase adaptive childrenswear, unisex clothes


COLUMBUS, Ohio — Columbus is a fashion powerhouse. And that’s because of the Fashion Design program at Columbus College of Art & Design.

The 2018 CCAD Fashion Show features top looks from emerging designers who go on to power the fashion industry here in Columbus and around the world. (Plus, all proceeds benefit CCAD student scholarships.)

This year, the annual juried event will include 59 looks created by 15 CCAD student designers (14 Fashion Design seniors and one MFA candidate). The collections range from ready-to-wear looks and stylish athleisure outfits to adaptive childrenswear for kids with disabilities and unisex clothes inspired by insects.

“At Columbus College of Art & Design, fashion goes beyond couture,” said Suzanne Cotton, Chair of CCAD’s Fashion Design program. “Our students are tapping into the latest trends, from adaptive wear to unisex clothes.”

In addition to the new looks in the student collections, the 2018 CCAD Fashion Show also has a new home at the Greater Columbus Convention Center. The runway show will take place in the convention center’s Short North Ballroom, followed by a dance party around the giant selfie sculpture As We Are (by CCAD Associate Professor Matthew Mohr) in the North Atrium.

The designers for the 2018 CCAD Fashion Show include:

Hsunyin Chang

Hsunyin Chang’s stylish mother inspired her love of fashion and also taught her to think about fashion beyond gender — encouraging her to try menswear and other androgynous styles. Chang’s unisex collection, called Insects, also draws inspiration from bugs, many of which have markings and patterns that are the same in both males and females.

Chelsea Funk

Chelsea Funk wants to make fashion more inclusive. So she created a collection designed for differently abled children, featuring clothes that make fashion fun as well as functional for children living with conditions such as cerebral palsy and Down syndrome. This mission hits close to home for Funk, who was born with amniotic band syndrome and is missing part of an arm.

Kathryn Geraci

When she was traveling overseas, Kathryn Geraci took notice of the flowers and plants around her. And when it came time to create her collection, she used those flowers as inspiration. She handmade each pattern with watercolors, then printed her work on the new fabric printer at CCAD. Amsterdam, for example, is represented by boughs of willow trees that line the city’s canals, and northern Sicily is evoked by lemons.

Natalia Monserrate

Natalia Monserrate came to CCAD from Puerto Rico to study Fashion Design and found her niche in the world of costume design. Her collection gives the mythological Roman figure Diana the Huntress a fashionable reboot. The designs offer a modern nod to the goddess of the hunt, the moon, and nature by contrasting a mix of dark and light colors with exciting metal accessories, including armor and headpieces.

Erica Rodney

Erica Rodney is no stranger to the CCAD Fashion Show. The St. Croix native came to CCAD in 2002 to study Fashion Design. But before she completed her bachelor’s degree, she left and joined the U.S. Marines Corps. After serving in the military, she returned to CCAD and earned her BFA in 2016, the same year she debuted a collection of her work in the CCAD Fashion Show. Now, as an MFA candidate, her collection features garments made from artificial black hair used to create hair designs called Kanekalon.

Luyao Zhang

Knitting runs in Luyao Zhang’s family. Her grandma knits. Her mom knits. And now she’s using knit and macramé techniques in her collection to express the vanity of Baroque and Rococo architectures in a more modern, practical way. Each garment was designed as fragments pieced together, a freeform process that doesn’t follow traditional patternmaking and, instead, responds to itself as it builds.

Read more about the designers here.

Media kit & more info

A media kit, including photos and facts about the 2018 CCAD Fashion Show, is available at ccadfashionshow.org.

About the 2018 CCAD Fashion Show 

The 2018 CCAD Fashion Show happens Friday, May 11, at the Greater Columbus Convention Center (400 N. High St., Columbus, OH 43215). A VIP reception starts at 7 p.m., doors for general admission open at 7:30, and the runway show starts at 8:30, followed by a dance party and Nth Degree VIP Jazz Lounge. For tickets and more information, visit ccad.edu/fashionshow.

About Columbus College of Art & Design

Columbus College of Art & Design teaches undergraduate and graduate students in the midst of a thriving creative community in Columbus, Ohio. Founded in 1879, CCAD is one of the oldest private, nonprofit art and design colleges in the United States, offering 12 four-year undergraduate programs and two graduate programs in art and design that produce graduates equipped to shape culture and business at the highest level. For more information, visit ccad.edu.

Media contact

Jeannie Nuss
Senior Media Relations Specialist
Columbus College of Art & Design