The Fashion Show 2017

Date: April 8, 2017
Location: Stephens Auditorium

Theme: Altered Aspects
Guest designer: ABASI ROSBOROUGH

The Fashion Show is a student-run event in its 35th 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. 

Guest designer: ABASI ROSBOROUGH

Abdul Abasi and Greg Rosborough are American designers of Nigerian and Scottish origin, based in New York City. They met whilst studying at the Fashion Institute of Technology and graduated in 2008. After designing for Engineered Garments and Ralph Lauren, the designers combined their military and athletic backgrounds to develop their first collection for Autumn/Winter 2013. Abasi Rosborough is currently a semifinalist for the LVMH prize for Young Fashion Designers and have been noted by publications such as The New York Times, Vogue, Nylon Magazine, GQ Style, New York Post, Kinfolk, Complex, Esquire, and more.

Guest judges

Tina Wagner

Iowa native, Tina Wagner (2001), launched her career in fashion and textiles as a Men’s wear Designer for Dillards in Little Rock, Arkansas before moving to the fashion capital, New York City. As Project Manager for First2Print, a digital textile company, she worked with Designers for fashion, runway, costumes and interiors as well as global fine arts artists. In 2009, she joined luxury designer Elie Tahari, as the Color and Print Manager to help create and achieve the best aesthetics possible for print, fabric and color. Tina currently resides near Los Angeles where she is freelancing and raising three kids with her husband.

Maranda Nichols Persico

Maranda Nichols Persico was born in Iowa, October 29th 1984, and has proudly called Los Angeles home for the past 10 years. As a costume designer for film and television, she is best known for her work on Lifetime’s Her Last Will, SyFy Channel’s The Nanny, Netflix Buck Wild, Super Bowl 50 Doritos commercial with Doris Roberts, Buzzfeed’s YD2, Relationship Goals and Adopted, Awesomeness TV The Commute and Evolution of the Bikini. Maranda is proudly an I.A.T.S.E Costume Designers Guild 892 Costume Designer and represented by APA Agency. When she’s not designing, you’ll find Maranda with her husband Rob at the beach or playing with her best friends, Stewart the cat and June the Siberian Husky.

Sarah Clapper

Sarah Clapper is the Market Planner for North America Boys for Gap Brand, a division of Gap Inc. Gap Inc.’s portfolio includes multi-million dollar brands such as Old Navy, Banana Republic, Athleta and Intermix. She has been a part of Gap Brand since September of 2016. Her responsibilities at Gap include the inventory management of all boy’s classifications including tops, tees, denim jeans, shorts, activewear and outerwear. She manages the open-to-buy for the $120M yearly business and builds all promotional activity for stores in the US and Canada. Prior to Gap, Sarah was with Macy’s Inc. for 3 years. At Macy’s she was the associate financial planner for‘s Ready-To-Wear online collections including Tommy Hilfiger and Karen Kane. One of the highlights of that role was launching Polo Ralph Lauren on Macy’s website in the fall of 2014, which at the time was the newly elevated and fashion forward line from Ralph Lauren. When Macy’s merged their stores and online in February of 2015, she became the Omni Associate Merchandise Planner for Baby where she planned over 600+ stores and .com. While with Macy’s, Sarah found her true calling with her first experience with planning. Before making the move to Manhattan, Sarah worked for 3 years at JCPenney in Plano, Texas where she rose the ranks starting with the Executive Merchandise Training Program to Business Analyst to Assistant Buyer. While there, Sarah spent nearly 2 years in buying as the Women’s Accessories Assistant Buyer, where she helped build accessories business such as hats, belts and fashion footwear. She traveled to market in NYC four times per year and it was during this time that she fell in love with the city, eventually deciding to make the move in October of 2013.

Sarah is an alumni from Iowa State, graduating in 2009 with a Bachelor of Science in Finance and a minor in Apparel Merchandising, Design and Production. She currently resides in the Upper West Side of Manhattan.

James K. Ryan

Retired Apparel Brand Manager with 40+ years of experience in Sales, Sales Management, Merchandising, Design Management, Creative Direction, Brand and Executive Management. He has participated at every level of sales, design, and brand presentation, including corporate design pitches, and top-to-top customer presentations. His most recent assignment was leading corporate creative direction for 21 partner companies producing U.S. POLO ASSN. (USPA) product. Ryan has past experience with Fila, Le Coq Sportif, Jantzen, Bill Blass, and Reebok Brands.

Guest DJ: Nicholas Hadfield

Nicholas Hadfield is a graduate of Iowa State University and the Berklee School of Music. He now resides in the Los Angeles area apprenticing under producer, Eric Rosse. Recently, he has worked on albums with Pablo Alboran, Jackie Evancho, and Idina Menzel. Initially hired as The Fashion Show’s DJ, Nick has expanded the role by composing original music for the entire production. His inspiration for Altered Aspects has derived from facets of underground Russian communities and the resulting playlist adds an audible dimension to the aesthetic interpretation of this year’s theme.

Thank you to our donors

The Fashion Show’s FundISU fundraising campaign was very successful this year, and we cannot thank everyone enough for their generosity and support. We raised $26,474 for The Fashion Show 2017, far exceeding our $20,000 goal, and we are so excited about this. The success of the second campaign truly shows what an amazing community of family, friends, and businesses we have supporting us. Once again, thank you to everyone who donated. We hope to see you at this year’s show on April 8th!

Lora and Russ Talbot ISU Fashion Show Merchandising Scholarship

This is the third year the Merchandising Scholarship will be offered at The Fashion Show. There are a large number of both design and merchandising students that are involved in putting the show together. This scholarship, endowed by Lora and Russ Talbot, allows students studying merchandising to stand out and be recognized alongside their peers studying design. Students interested in earning the scholarship must complete a case study project related to fashion merchandising. This year, The Fashion Show is pleased to award one student this prestigious  $1,000 scholarship.

The Fashion Show was honored to partner with a team from Abercrombie & Fitch’s corporate office for this year’s Lora and Russ Talbot ISU Fashion Show Merchandising Scholarship. Their merchandising team created a case study project for Iowa State University students to research and complete. This year’s case study involves analyzing Abercrombie & Fitch’s growth potential for women’s swimwear and developing strategies in order to increase brand and product awareness for this product category. Submissions will be judged by the team at Abercrombie & Fitch’s corporate office in Albany, Ohio.