Review: CCAD 2016 Senior Fashion Show
To most college students, Mid-May means one thing: Graduation. To Columbus College of Art & Design (CCAD) Fashion Design Majors, however, Mid-May also means the Senior Fashion Show. Held at the CCAD campus on May 13th, this year’s event kicked off with a VIP cocktail hour before the show, and was followed by a dance party and jazz lounge after.
New CCAD President Melanie Corn started the night off with a dedication to beloved President Denny Griffith, who passed away earlier this year. A video was played in his honor, in which the question was asked, “how have you helped an artist today?” In light of that question, it was announced that proceeds from the fashion show would go into the CCAD scholarship fund, enabling future artists to achieve their dreams. Following the video, former Express CEO and close friend of Denny, Michael Weiss received the “Spirit of Denny” award and was given an original screen print made by Denny himself. Following the emotional tribute to Denny, channel 10TV Anchor Kristyn Hartman introduced the show and the seniors.
CCAD boasts one of the top Fashion Design programs in the world, and the Senior Fashion show exemplified that. Former Express CEO Michael Weiss commented that Columbus has become the number three fashion center in the country, only ranking behind New York and Los Angeles. Seventeen undergrad and one MFA student displayed their unique collections on the runway. Each designer hails from a different background, and each draw their inspiration for their collection from different elements in their life. No two lines of design were the same — each senior designer’s line was unique and true to their own personalities.
Brittany Carpenter started the show off with her line of earthy-florals, followed by Bethany Rakovan’s line of athletic wear. Lauren Metelitz drew her inspiration for her all-black line from the ideas of Spanish bullfighting and flamenco dancing, which was obvious through the fringed dresses, bolero-style hats, and over-all Spanish vibe. Lauren was awarded the Easton Fashion Award for her collection. Jessica DeLuca’s line of blossom-inspired pastels stole the show with her elementary-aged models. Chia Hsuan Wei translates her personal journey into the fashion world into her unique use of materials in her collection. A notable aspect of Chia’s line was her models footwear: all wore ankle-length socks with sandals that complimented the blue, white, and black colors of the outfits. Sheri Wu not only debuted her own collection, “Resonance”, but she also created the evening gown worn by the evening’s emcee, 10TV’s anchor Kristyn Hartman. Jacob Maitland, whose line of evening gowns was a fan favorite, studied cosmetology and worked as a hairdresser for years after graduating high school before finally realizing his calling to fashion design. Jacob’s line was the last to premier for the evening, and he was greeted with roars of applause when he appeared.
The evening wrapped up with a dance party sponsored by Abercrombie and Fitch, cocktails and finger foods in the jazz lounge, and a photobooth. It was an exciting evening full of promising talent. The eighteen designers represented at the show are worth keeping an eye on as they have potential to bring great pride to Columbus with their success.
For more information, visit www.ccad.edu/fashion-show.