By LAURA ENDERSON
Radford University senior design and fashion students will show off their custom creations on the runway at the 15th annual Spring Fashion Show at 7 p.m. on Saturday, March 30 in Bondurant Auditorium in Preston Hall.
“The show is to show off our work as designers,” senior fashion student Amanda Podonsky said. She will be participating in this year’s show. “It was exciting for me because it is the first time I’ve actually ever submitted my work into the show. It will be really cool to see my line showcased in an event like this, but the extra stress and work takes a toll.”
The entirely student produced show serves many purposes for the Department of Interior Design & Fashion students. It is the annual two-week senior showcase that features work in both fashion design and interior design, and past showcases have won regional and national awards.
The show, which has over 100 pieces featured, is also a great opportunity for students to display their work in a professional setting, all while demonstrating that they are ready to enter the highly competitive field of design.
“The show serves as a prerequisite to what is to happen when, or if, we graduate and pursue a career in fashion merchandising,” said Radford student Francis Smith, who won’t be in the show but is attending to support her fellow designers. “In terms of fashion majors, it allows us to see what happens in the planning stages of fashion shows and doing public relations for events such as this one.”
Fashion Design seniors create a collection of at least five garments, while juniors and sophomores submit designs created to fulfill class assignments.
Design students create the clothing featured while merchandising students produce and manage all other aspects of the show, and Radford students model on the runway. The garments are then judged by a panel of fashion industry professionals.
Senior interior design students will display their concepts for home and office, while senior fashion design students are given 48 hours to design a conceptual garment based on the artwork of late RU Distinguished Professor of Art, Dorothy Gillespie.
“The show will be something to definitely look forward to,” Smith said, “It should be pretty exciting and will showcase some good work.”
Tickets are available for $10 in advance by calling 540-831-5386 or $15 at the door. All money raised goes toward the Fashion Society Club that helps pay for the show and provides fabrics for design displays. A reception will follow the show.
“It is amazing to see how far they’ve come in their accomplishments,” said Kathy Mitchell, an associate professor of fashion at Radford. “Overall the students did a great job.”
On Saturday, before this year’s show, a reception and fundraiser, Fashion Fete, will take place from 5-6:45 p.m. This will be hosted by the Radford University Arts Society for those who would like to help support design education at Radford. Proceeds will directly benefit the Guest Speaker Series, which brings design professionals to campus. The fete will be $50 per person and reservations can be made by calling 540-831-5407.
The senior exhibition will remain on display until March 30 at the Radford University Art Museum at the Covington Center. A closing reception, free and open to the public, will be from 1:30-3:30 p.m. in the museum.