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Fashion School's Spring Fashion Show Highlights Cream of the Crop Design Students

Posted Apr. 23, 2013
Pictured, left to right, Allison Sires, Sam Shipley, Erich Biehle, Kay Unger, Sacha Brown, and Michael Cunningham.Kent State University's Shannon Rodgers and Jerry Silverman School of Fashion Design and Merchandising will celebrate its 30th anniversary during the 2013 fashion school fashion show, "FS2" on Sat., April 27 at 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. in the E. Turner Stump Theatre, 1325 Theatre Drive, Music and Speech Building, Kent, OH.  Tickets for the 1 p.m. matinee are $40 per person and are $65 per person for the 6 p.m. awards show.  Tickets will be available for purchase after March 16 by calling the performing arts box office at 330-672-ARTS (2787) or visiting the box office weekdays from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. or online at  The box office accepts Visa, MasterCard and Discover, personal check and cash.

Each year the fashion design students at Kent State create their final collections. Upon further critique by industry professionals, the best collections are chosen and shown in the annual spring fashion show produced by the fashion show management and production teams.  This year, 25 designers will have the opportunity to show their collections at the fashion show.

This year's industry critics include fashion designer Sam Shipley of Shipley Halmos, Michael Babb of Kohls, Erich Biehle, a former textile designer for multiple couture designers; Kay Unger, CEO of Kay Unger Design and The Kay Unger Family Foundation; Sacha Brown, Educational Initiatives Manager at the Council of Fashion Designers of America; two Fashion School alumni Michael Cunningham, head designer, Joan Vass, and Allison Sires owner/designer of Thomas Sires. These critics offer advice to the designers along the way so as to improve on their concepts and designs for the final critique. Pictured above, left to right, are Allison Sires, Sam Shipley, Erich Biehle, Kay Unger, Sacha Brown and Michael Cunningham.

Yeohlee Teng by Sophie ElgortDuring the fashion show, the Fashion School also recognizes an industry professional for the Fashion School's Hall of Fame.  This year, the Fashion School inducts American Fashion Designer Yeohlee Teng into its Fashion School Hall of Fame. Yeohlee Teng moved to New York from Malaysia to study fashion at the Parsons School of Design. She has worked primarily in New York City and established her own house, YEOHLEE inc. in 1981. Yeohlee believes that "clothes have magic." She dresses the "urban nomad", a term she coined for her Fall 1997 collection, defining a lifestyle that requires clothing that works on a variety of practical and psychological levels. She is a master of design management and believes in the efficiency of year-round, seasonless clothes. Yeohlee's designs have earned a permanent place in the Costume Collection at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, where the late Richard Martin, then Chief Curator, called her "one of the most ingenious makers of clothing today. "Some design moguls previously inducted include Dana Buchman, Leonardo Ferragamo, Judith Lieber, Oscar de la Renta, just to name a few.

The Fashion School at Kent State University was created at Kent State University in 1983 and in twenty-eight years has grown to become one of the strongest fashion schools in the U.S. recently rated the Fashion School as third in the country and 13th in the world. The Ohio Board of Regents has endorsed the Fashion School as a "Center of Excellence" at Kent State University and in the State of Ohio. As a member of the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA), the School is also recognized as one of the top Fashion Schools in the United States. The School, under the direction of J.R. Campbell, aspires to be the best American fashion school by providing a comprehensive American university experience, a forward-looking and rigorous curriculum in fashion, an aggressive approach to the use of digital technologies, and access to a broad range of international and study away experiences.


For more information contact:
Effie Tsengas,, 330-672-8398