Most seniors are preparing for finals and getting ready for graduation. However, these fashion design students are putting on a show to display their work.
Kent Fashion Week started four years ago. It is a student run show that displays the collections of graduating seniors from the Fashion Design Program at Kent State. The event took place over a span of three days on May 5th, 6th, and 7th.
“Kent Fashion Week is a senior design show by senior design students, so every year there’s a small group of us, maybe three or four who take over and we reach out to students in our classes and we just put together a good time,” said Noel Adamson, Kent Fashion Week officer and senior designer.
Jillian Bond, Kent Fashion Week officer and senior designer, said most of the seniors do not get into the Kent State Annual Fashion Show. This show is specifically for senior designers who want to show their collections, and every senior who submits gets their look displayed. “It was just kind of started to kind of like our rebuttal to the Kent State Annual Fashion Show,” said Bond.
“It was just started to kind of like our rebuttal to the Kent State Annual Fashion Show, just to showcase the senior designers.”
Jillian Bond, Kent Fashion Week officer
This year they had 36 collections ranging from evening wear to contemporary and everything in between. Kent Fashion Week officer and senior designer, Natalie Sulinger, said she had evening wear in one of the shows, and it showcased her love of pleating. While Noel Adamson had a three piece bridal collection. “I got a deep V-neck with a sheer overskirt and a pantsuit and a third which is just a simple looking gown.” Adamson said.
Lounge 157 in Downtown Kent hosted the event. Friends, family and supporters sat at tables and viewed the collections while eating and drinking. “So it was a lot easier to do it in a gallery setting where there was more space and more time for people to just kind of come in and relax and see the setting and enjoy the evening,” Adamson said. “I really hope that they just kind of get to enjoy fashion on an accessible level, and I know some times with the show going on, it can be hard to get tickets or it’s a little more formal where this is come in, get a drink, eat food and enjoy the evening with your friends and family.”
Even faculty came to support the show such as Fashion School professor, William Perrine. “I am very proud. It’s really nice to see what they can do and it’s really nice to have it outside the fashion school, outside of Rockwell because there’s a lot more freedom,” he said.
“I am very proud. It’s really nice to see what they can do and it’s really nice to have it outside the fashion school, outside of Rockwell because there’s a lot more freedom.”
William Perrine, Fashion School professor
The senior students say the experience helps them receive valuable critique while also learning skills they can apply when they enter the job market. They say Fashion Week is a nice little end cap to their time at Kent and gives them a sense of accomplishment.
“It is definitely a really good real world experience and how to run things,” Sulinger stated.
“I hope to inspire younger, underclassmen if they want to take over next years or merchandisers and mainly design students and kind of like something they can inspire to,” said Bond.