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Kent State’s Fashion School Spring Fashion Show Highlights Cream of the Crop Design Students

Posted Apr. 1, 2013
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Kent State's School of Fashion Design and Merchandising
will present its annual spring fashion show on Saturday,
April 27. This year's show celebrates the 30th anniversary
of the fashion school.

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 Saturday, April 27, at 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. at the E. Turner Stump Theatre in the Music and Speech Building on 1325 Theatre Drive at the Kent Campus. 

Tickets for the 1 p.m. matinee are $40 per person and $65 per person for the 6 p.m. awards show. Tickets are available for purchase by calling the Performing Arts Box Office at 330-672-ARTS (2787) or visiting the box office weekdays 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. or online at The box office accepts Visa, MasterCard and Discover, personal check and cash.

Each year, fashion design students at Kent State create their final collections. After 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 student 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 Kohl’s; Erich Biehle, a former textile designer for multiple couture designers; Kent State fashion school alumnus Michael Cunningham, head designer, Joan Vass; and alumna Allison Sires, owner/designer of Thomas Sires. These critics offer advice to the designers along the way to improve on their concepts and designs for the final critique.

During the fashion show, an industry professional is recognized and inducted into the fashion school's Hall of Fame. This year, the fashion school will induct American fashion designer Yeohlee Teng. 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 fashion house, YEOHLEE Inc., in 1981. Teng 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. Teng’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 designers previously inducted include Dana Buchman, Leonardo Ferragamo, Judith Lieber, Oscar de la Renta and others.

The fashion school at Kent State University was created in 1983 and in 28 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.