As most of you know, I am an apparel merchandising student at Iowa State University and have a great love for my program. It’s given me so many opportunities to expand my horizons, give me leadership experience, and allow me to take part in a multitude of different on-campus activities relating to fashion. Here’s a fun fact: Iowa State has the third best apparel merchandising program in the nation, only behind Fashion Institute of Technology in NYC and Auburn University in Auburn, Alabama. Anyway, I could brag about how much I love my university all day long, but for today’s post, I want to shift the attention to a certain production that Iowa State puts on every year: The Fashion Show.
The Fashion Show is a completely student-run organization with only one faculty advisor. Another fun fact: This show is the largest student-run fashion show in the country! Alright, back to business. The advisor, two producers, two assistant-producers, and 14 committee directors work on the show all year, with a larger group of committee members joining the planning process in the spring semester. This was my second year being involved with the show, and I loved it even more than I did last year, which I didn’t even know was possible.
There’s a lot that goes into The Fashion Show, but the basic premise is that we accept garment entries from any student who wants to submit them, whether they be apparel design majors or not. After all the garments are submitted, we bring in a panel from guest judges who are currently working in the industry. This year, we had Greg Rosborough, designer and co-founder of Abasi Rosborough, Jackie Hasek, buyer at Steve Madden, Ardith Singh, design director at Lou & Grey, and Dr. Lauryn Divita, author and professor of fashion forecasting at Baylor University. These judges looked at all the entries and decided which ones would make it into the nearly 2-hour-long show based on aesthetic, quality, and the garments’ construction, amongst other factors.
Although the committee I was on didn’t have a hand in the actual production of the show (we were in charge of alumni and community relations), I still feel so blessed to be a part of the amazing organization that puts it on. And as you can imagine, going to the show gives me the chance to make more of a fashion statement than simply walking around campus. I got every piece of this outfit, except for the handbag, especially for the show! Although this was a structured romper, it was still super comfortable, which I appreciated after spending all day in it.
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Romper Miss Selfridge // Sandals ASOS // Earrings ASOS // Clutch Francesca’s
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