The show features creations by fashion design students

Staging – Three senior fashion design students will showcase their original collections at the Southern Illinois University Carbondale’s annual 2016 Fashion Design and Merchandising Student Showcase and Fashion Show on April 21. Designers Jessica Hardwick, seated, Christa McGrath, background, and Cristyn Farris, right, present their work at the exhibition. Ayla Gehner, a social work junior, works with Hardwick as a volunteer model. (Photo by Steve Buhman)

April 13, 2016

The show features creations by fashion design students

CARBONDALE, Ill. – Spring marks the end of winter, the start of baseball season, and a look at the latest fashion and fashion trends.

Student designers from Southern Illinois University Carbondale will showcase their work at the 2016 Student Showcase and Fashion Show in Fashion Design and Merchandising. The annual event hosted by students of the university’s Fashion Design and Merchandising Program takes place on Thursday, April 21 in the ballrooms of the student center.

This year’s showcase features the works of three senior designer students who created their final collections. Fashion shows start at 7 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

The event begins at 6 p.m. with a student presentation of exhibits in the JW Corker Lounge at the Student Center. The exhibit includes examples of coursework and student projects from various classes. One of the exhibits is a Brand Development Collaboration, a project that showcases the creative talents of fashion merchandising students, fashion designers, fashion stylists, and interior design students. Exhibitions are visible until 7 p.m.

At 7pm, the fashion show begins with the ‘Dressed for Effect 2016’, featuring a line of spring dresses for all occasions. The second segment consists of the “Time After Time” collections, created by fashion design and merchandising students Sydney Baker, Morgan Bishop, Eva Dynes, Joshua Gavel, Olivia Martinez, Elizabeth Jean-Pierre and Anna Rutledge.

The flagship event follows with the presentation of three original clothing collections from senior fashion designers. Students are responsible for every detail of their collections – from concept to fashion illustration, sourcing of fabrics, patterns and construction, selecting patterns and music, and coordinating accessories.

Over 150 students from across campus are involved in this event, including cosmetology students from John A. Logan College who help complete the final looks of the show.

“This fashion show gives our students hands-on experience of the entire design process, from concept to final garment production. In particular, design students have the opportunity to hone their professional skills and understand the pressures and demands of the rapidly changing fashion industry, ”said Laura Kidd, Associate Professor and Director of the Fashion Design Program. and Merchandising, which oversees the latest collections from senior designers. and their presentation.

The senior designers presented and the names of their collections, listed by hometown are:

  • Chicago and Marion: Cristyn Farris with “Cirque de Otage”.
  • Dunlap: Christa McGrath with “Remember Me”.
  • Tuscola: Jessica Hardwick with “A flower for my love”.

More information on senior designers and the 2016 student showcase is available at For more information about the event, contact Kidd at [email protected] or 618 / 453-1970.

Joseph E. Golightly