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Student Designers to Debut Looks Inspired by Pandemic, Nature at 2021 CCAD Fashion Show

Taijuan Moorman Taijuan Moorman Student Designers to Debut Looks Inspired by Pandemic, Nature at 2021 CCAD Fashion ShowPhoto provided by CCAD
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The 2021 CCAD Fashion Show is next month, and the student designers taking the runway — and the drive-in — have been announced.

The CCAD Fashion Show serves as a fundraiser for scholarships for students across the college’s undergraduate majors.

This year’s fashion show takes place Friday, May 14, 2021, in two ways — a pre-recorded, virtual runway show that can be viewed from home and a socially distanced in-person experience at the Easton Community Drive-In, hosted by Amber Knicole of neo funk group MojoFlo and co-hosted by Columbus City Councilmember Shayla Favor, CCAD Trustee and Alum Corey Favor, CCAD Trustee Brett Kaufman as well as Katie Kaufman.

The fashion show is presented by L Brands Foundation and will feature contemporary collections from 18 emerging designers inspired by diverse themes.

Some of the student designers include Jesamie Houghtby, Marvin Hutchins, Levi Li, Stephanie Li, JoVaughn Salaam and Dom Susi. Read more about all of this year’s designers here.

From Marie Antoinette to the death-positive movement, and from escapism to the modern art movement known as Vorticism, designers created one-of-a-kind looks using a range of materials, including biodegradable and sustainable textiles, as well as fabrics that incorporate custom-printed, machine-knitted and hand-dyed techniques.

“The designers featured in this year’s show have persevered through a pandemic to create impressive looks that showcase the future of design,” said Professor Suzanne Cotton, Chair of CCAD’s Fashion Design program. “I’m thrilled to be able to show Columbus and the world the creativity and talent of this year’s designers.”

Collections range from gender-neutral garments to resort wear to streetwear. Industry experts from Designer Brands Inc., Easton, Abercrombie & Fitch Co., Justice Design Lab, L Brands Foundation and Wardrobe Therapy served on this year’s panel of jurors who selected the looks.

The CCAD Fashion Show returns Friday, May 14, 2021, at 8:30 p.m.

Columbus Underground is CCAD’s Media Sponsor for the 2021 Fashion Show.

For more information, visit ccadfashionshow.com.

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