Cazenovia College's Fashion Shows Throughout the Years

March 6, 2014 - 12:04pm -- klwilson
Cazenovia College's 41st Fashion Show "Urban Chic"

As a Fashion Merchandising senior and the Student Co- Director of this year’s fashion show I have been involved with the Cazenovia College Annual Student Fashion Show for four years. It has been remarkable to observe the development and growth of the fashion show every year. This year marks the 41st anniversary of the Cazenovia College Annual Student Fashion Show. Many people are astonished when they hear that the fashion show has been held annually for 41 years. It’s even harder to believe that when Cazenovia College first started holding a fashion show it was held in the Witherill Common room and then in the dining hall on campus.

As the fashion programs grew, the show became more popular and is now one of the largest events on campus. The attendance grew which lead to the fashion show being held in the gym of the Schneeweiss Athletic Complex. While being held in the gym the fashion show further grew and the need to hold two shows (a matinee and evening show) became a need due to the growing popularity of the event.

Last year’s fashion show “Recollection” was the first year that the Cazenovia College Annual Student Fashion Show was moved off campus. It was held at the Turning Stone Resort in Verona, New York. As last year’s Production Team Leader I was proud to be a part of the management class for the fashion show’s first move off campus. The fashion show went from an attendance in the gym of around 700 to attendance in the conference center of the Turning Stone Resort of around 1300. Due to the larger venue we also went back to only holding one show – new venue, one show, everyone was nervous! The show went off perfectly and has thus far been the most successful fashion show ever held.

This year’s fashion show “Urban Chic” is no exception to the continual growth of the fashion show, as well as the Cazenovia College Fashion Department. For the second year in a row the fashion show is to be held off campus at the Landmark Theatre in Syracuse, New York on April 26th at 6:00 PM with special guest Interior Designer, Author and Television Personality, Thom Filicia.

“Urban Chic” was the theme decided by last spring’s Fashion Show Production and Management Class. The theme was derived from a big city (urban) fashion week where trendy and chic street style is prevalent. “Urban Chic” is produced by the Fashion Show Production and Management class which includes both Fashion Merchandising and Fashion Design students. It will showcase the work of underclassmen Fashion Design students as well sixteen Fashion Design Senior collections. 

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