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Kent State University Fashion School Produces Annual Fashion Show

Posted Mar. 27, 2014

Kent, Ohio – The Fashion School at Kent State University will present the Fashion School’s Annual Fashion Show, FS2, on Saturday, April 26, at 1 and 6 p.m. in the Kent State University Museum, located at 515 Hilltop Dr. in Kent. While the production remains branded as “FS2,” the tagline for this year’s show is “Regardez-ça,” a French phrase meaning “watch this.”

This is the first year the Annual Fashion Show will be held in the museum. This location gives every guest the chance to see garments up close, all while seated in the museum’s galleries. When purchasing tickets, patrons will be able to select from six different seating locations. Tickets for the 1 p.m. matinee show are priced at $35 to $45, while tickets for the 6 p.m. awards show are currently sold out. Tickets may be purchased from the Performing Arts Box Office by calling 330-672-ARTS (2787), visiting, or visiting the box office weekdays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Roe Green Center lobby. The box office accepts Visa, MasterCard, Discover, personal checks and cash.

As in years past, industry professionals evaluated and scored the student design collections to determine which would advance to the fashion show. The designer critics who reviewed this year’s collections include Helena Sicupira Rodas, founder of Etoiles and consultant to multiple Brazilian brands. Other designer critics are themselves Fashion School alumni, including: Laura Boes, vice president of design at Tea Collection; Brie Bourdo, senior designer of activewear at Lane Bryant; Michael Cunningham, head designer for Joan Voss; Jacqueline Hughes, who manages knitwear design teams for various fashion brands; and Matthew Zink, founder of Charlie by Matthew Zink.

The Fashion School at Kent State University was founded in 1983 and has grown to become a top fashion school in the United States. The Ohio Board of Regents has endorsed the Fashion School as a “Center for Excellence” at Kent State University and in the state of Ohio. The Fashion School, under the guidance of Director J.R. Campbell, aspires to be the best American fashion school, combining an American university experience with a rigorous curriculum, a integrative approach to the use of digital technologies, and access to a broad range of international and study-away experiences.

Grace Coy (, Elizabeth Heibertshausen (, Sarah Knapp (
Public Relations Coordinators, FS2

Image caption: "Keen" by Abigail Gelsomino '13 was the "best in show" winner at last year's Annual Fashion Show.