The Fashion Show

The Fashion Show 2019

Date: April 13, 2019 at 7 p.m.
Location: Stephens Auditorium 

The Fashion Show is a student-run event in its 37th year. It is one of the largest student-run fashion shows in the nation with near sell-out attendance of 2,500 annually. The show features more than 150 student-designed garments on the runway and in the mounted exhibitions.

Design scholarships

Every year, student designers participating in The Fashion Show have the opportunity to win scholarship awards recognizing their hard work. 

Leading the way in these scholarships is the Lora and Russ Talbot ISU Fashion Show Best in Show scholarship.  Endowed by the the Talbots, 2017 honorary alumni of Iowa State, this annual award is given to the student selected by the judges for showing the highest degree of skill, creativity, and execution in their design entry to The Fashion Show.  Beginning in 2019, the winner of this prestigious award will receive a $2,000 scholarship.

In addition to the Lora and Russ Talbot ISU Fashion Show Best in Show Scholarship, The Fashion Show 2018 awarded students with scholarships in 16 categories with up to a first ($500), second ($300), and third place ($200) award. Categories included Accessories, Activewear/Athleisure, Children’s Wear, Costuming, Daydresses, Fashion Illustration, Formal Wear, Graduate, Inspired by the Textiles and Clothing Museum, Portfolio, Sleepwear/Loungewear, Sportswear, Suiting/Business Attire, Senior Line, Wearable Art, and Wearable Technology.  To make a donation that will assist with providing these scholarships, contact the producers at

Merchandising scholarship

Since 2015, apparel merchandising students have had a chance to compete for the endowed Lora and Russ Talbot ISU Fashion Show Merchandising Scholarship. The project is designed by a local or national apparel company with the intent of solving a specific merchandising concern within the firm.  Beginning in 2019, the winner of this award will also receive a $2,000 scholarship.

Become a Friend of The Fashion Show!

The Fashion Show accepts general contributions, which help the organization provide an ever growing platform for showcasing student excellence. Thank you to everyone who donated to The Fashion Show 2018! Our final fundraising amount, including check and cash donations, totaled over $30,000. Each year, we are grateful for the overwhelming support of our donors. The Fashion Show would not be possible without your contributions.