Annual Fashion Show Celebrates "100 Years of Style"
RADFORD Saturday evening was filled with glamour, smiles, applause and cheers during the Department of Interior Design and Fashion's annual awards ceremony and fashion show. President Penelope W. Kyle, Interim Provost Joe Scartelli and Department of Interior Design and Fashion Chair Lennie Scott-Webber joined students, families, friends and faculty for the event which represented the culmination of a week-long senior showcase.
In keeping with RU’s Centennial Year Celebration, the theme was "100 Years of Style and Design." In addition to the seniors’ projects, the Gallery at the Covington Center also featured banners depicting icons of design and fashion across the century. A reception in the Covington Center foyer preceded the show.
“This is a chance for us to celebrate our young people and students, what they do and how far they’ve progressed,” said Kyle in her welcoming remarks. “You have seen the talent they have. When I travel and speak about RU, I’m told students go here or think about going here because of these programs. When these students graduate, they are ready to go to work.”
Class of 2007 graduates Courtney Yates, owner of Courtney Brooke Designs, and Shannon Moulton, a technical designer for Charlotte Ronson, came from New York to judge the fashion designers’ garments. They credit RU for successful careers. “The interior design and fashion design program here is one of the best. It’s a wonderful learning environment in every aspect,” said Yates whose specialty is wedding gowns.
“I liked the small class size and the good face time I had with my professors,” said Moulton.
Joining Yates and Moulton as judges were RU art faculty member and jewelry designer Allison Pack and Meg Weddle, owner of Meg's and Garrett's in Radford.
Merchandising for design students worked behind the scenes to help organize the gallery display and the fashion runway show. To demonstrate a century of fashion, the show began with a retrospective of vintage pieces and spanned the years with such styles as the familiar peace-theme clothing of the 1960s to the glittered disco outfits of the 70s. The modern day attire included a wedding gown, swim wear, casual and business wear, and an evening gown designed with a peacock theme, complete with swirling feathers cascading down the front and side.
Awards went to Carolyn Severin, best day wear; Amanda Nuckols, best active wear; Kara Clark, best formal wear, best collection and design of the year; Jennifer Barnett, best cocktail wear; and Amy Morrow, best avant-garde. LaToya Williams received the designer of the year award based on the highest average score in the show.
In addition to the winning entries, pieces included designs by students Kristin Clark, Katherine Franklin, Jamey Brittingham, Rachael Hardesty, Jennifer Hayes, Jaleh Jaboori, Katelynn Lemons, Kristine Lockhart, Patricia Timmins and Elizabeth VanSant.
ID&F full-time faculty are Scott-Webber, Holly Cline, Joan Dickinson, Farrell Doss, John Jacob, Kathy Mitchell, Tammy Robinson. Bob Parsons and Renee Walsh serve as adjuncts in the department.
Fifty students participated in the show including students outside the program who volunteered as models.