The April 9 premiere of the 2021 CSU Fashion Show, “Emerge,” was a resounding success, with the selection of winners in five categories and over 300 ticket-holders viewing the private screening.
The one-night-only event offered attendees a silent auction in which all items sold out, the sale of new sweatshirts designed by the Fashion Show class, and a virtual show of the work created by senior designers. The show was accompanied by a digital magazine for viewers to learn more about the designers.
The Fashion Show also included a presentation about 11 student designers and product developers who worked with OtterBox staff in teams to create four collections based on themes of the company’s phone case designs. In addition, the Fashion Show highlighted a project by Richardson Design Center Fabrication Lab Technician Payton Gonzales to design special cotton face masks that feature plastic shields over the mouth.
The Fashion Show video took more 100 hours to edit, a feat that could not have been accomplished without the support of the Department of Journalism and Media Communication and JMC students Clara Scholtz and Alex Gusdorf. A behind-the-scenes mini-documentary highlighted the work done by the Fashion Show class and JMC students to make the virtual show a reality.
Five celebrity judges from companies around the globe gave their professional feedback and scored the collections presented in the show. For the first time, viewers were also asked to weigh in by picking their favorite collection for a new “People’s Choice Award.”
The winners were:
• Outstanding Designer – Aaron Clausen
• Most Marketable – Emily Wallerius
• Most Innovative – Jesse Clark
• Best Construction – Jemma Jackman
• People’s Choice – Emily Wallerius
The recording of the show was made available to the public on April 19.