April 1, 2010

2009 Fashion Show

The "Best in Show" garment at the 2009 student fashion show was a dress called "Lichtenshrine," designed by sophomore Kristin Lee Geiger. Photo by Kayla Kern.

Student fashion show is this weekend

by Laura Dillavou, Human Sciences communications

One-of-a-kind student designs will be showcased in the 2010 Textiles and Clothing Fashion Show, "A Fashion Wonderland." Completely student-produced, the show begins at 2 p.m. April 3 in Stephens Auditorium.

The 28th annual show will feature designs from eight entry categories, including street wear, special occasion, menswear, wearable art and collections (at least three pieces). More than 100 garments will be modeled; a separate exhibition for mounted entries precedes the runway show and begins at 1 p.m. Student organizers estimate that about 90 percent of the entries submitted are used in one of these components of the show.

Since 1982, Iowa State students have been displaying their technical design, sewing and creative skills through The Fashion Show. It is one of the largest student-produced fashion shows in the country, with nearly sold-out crowds.

"This year's show will give an unexpected look into the design process. It will be whimsical from start to finish, allowing the audience to leave feeling like they can design a collection, too," said Kim Anderson, a senior who is assistant producer for the show.

Student entries were judged March 12 and winners will be announced at the show's conclusion. Each year, The Fashion Show recruits a team of industry professionals to assist with judging. This year's judges, all Iowa State alumni, were:

  • Jerilyn Booth, senior technical designer for Kohl's, Milwaukee
  • Roxanne Eklund, educator at Pratt Institute, New York City
  • Tricia Naden, product manager for Target Corp., Minneapolis
  • Tina Wagner, color and print manager at Elie Tahari design, New York City

Tickets can be purchased at the Iowa State Center ticket office or through Ticketmaster. Tickets are $22 ($16 for students/youth), with a discount for groups of six adults or more.