The Fashion Show 2018

Date: April 14, 2018 at 7 p.m.
Location: Stephens Auditorium

Theme: Resilience
Guest designer: Patagonia

The Fashion Show is a student-run event in its 36th 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. 

Thank you!

Thank you to everyone who donated to The Fashion Show 2018! We are so excited to announce that our final fundraising amount, including check and cash donations, totals 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. Now, it is time to receive your incentives for donating. Be on the lookout for an email regarding specific incentive information.

Theme: Resilience

This year, The Fashion Show 2018 presents: Resilience, a representation of minimalistic modern concepts and organic greenhouse inspired elements. Our theme began through a student mood board titled “Deep Rooted” which symbolized new beginnings through nature’s neutral green palette and a sense of renewal. As we continue to communicate with our contacts at Patagonia, our guest designer, we are reminded of their challenges to overcome the impact of recent natural disasters in the Los Angeles area. Students were adamant about honoring Patagonia’s ability to face adversity during this time through the show’s title. #VenturaStrong

Guest designer 2018: Patagonia

As part of The Fashion Show 2018, we are honored to announce Patagonia as our guest company/designer for this year. Patagonia is a high-performance outerwear manufacturer with a mission to protect and preserve the environment while creating the best possible product. Representatives from the product development and design department will present 30 looks during our runway show and speak to students about their company culture and supply chain.

Partnering with such a unique company offers the opportunity to connect with the entire Iowa State student body and the reaction so far has been inspiring. Many of our committees are already working to incorporate Patagonia’s values into events surrounding The Fashion Show. Patagonia’s mission, sustainability platform, and activist efforts resonate with students and we look forward to spreading their message during their visit in April.

We are excited to inform you who the four representatives are who will be joining us in April from Patagonia. This team continues to share their excitement about working with students and sharing their passion for quality and sustainability.

Rebecca Green Shank: Product development for men’s and women’s sportswear
Kena Gonzalez Todd: Fit specialist
Sarah Darnell: Product designer
Chris Teig: Director of art and illustration

Guest judges

Our design directors have been busy securing several industry professionals who will join our team in the spring. In March, four guest judges will evaluate all student entries for the show and award over $10,000 in scholarship!

Emily Erusha-Hilleque

As a graduate from the Ivy College of Business at Iowa State, Emily Erusha-Hilleque began her career at Target in August of 2000. Emily entered the industry as an inventory analyst for ready-to-wear and kids apparel before advancing into positions such as merchandising planner manager, senior buyer, and director of merchandising. She has recently transferred into the design segment of the company as the design director for ready-to-wear.

Emily Kammeyer Sumner

Emily Kammeyer Sumner graduated from Iowa State University in 2007 with a degree in creative apparel design. During her career, Emily has worked in client relations for J. Crew and technical design at Aeropostale. She is currently the director of technical design at Universal Standard, a company that provides quality, modern, and elevated essentials for women sizes 10 – 28. In 2010, Emily founded E.Kammeyer Accessories, a line of handmade accessories for the downtown girl who loves a vintage edge. The collection includes bridal, evening, and every day hair accessories as well as jewelry.

Tameka Ellington

Tameka Ellington is currently an assistant professor of fashion design at Kent State University, receiving her M.A. at Michigan State University in apparel and textiles and her Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction at Kent State. As an academic, Tameka’s creative scholarship has reached international acclaim and focuses on African culture and fables. She has exhibited work in Beijing, Vancouver, and numerous national venues, receiving awards at the International Textile and Apparel Association Conference in 2015 and 2014.

Tyler Valladolid

Tyler Valladolid graduated from Iowa State University in 2008 with a degree in apparel, merchandising, and production. At the start of his career, Tyler worked as a merchandiser and merchandise manager for Lands’ End and Fossil Group, Inc. His current position as a senior merchant at Abercrombie & Fitch includes work with the Hollister Guys outerwear, swim, underwear, sleep, accessories, third party, and GWP categories.

Guest DJ: Nicholas Hadfield

Our tech directors are excited to announce the return of Nicholas Hadfield as our DJ for this year’s show. Nick is a graduate of Iowa State University and the Berklee School of Music. He now resides in Los Angeles apprenticing under producer, Eric Rosse. Recently, he has worked on albums with Pablo Alboran, Jackie Evancho, and Idina Menzel. Nick will be composing original music for Resilience and The Fashion Show 2018!

Philanthropy: Dress for Success 

Organized by our alumni and community relations directors, we are proud to be partnering with Dress for Success Des Moines as this year’s philanthropy. Dress for Success is a non-profit organization that provides programs to help local women acquire jobs, retain their positions, and succeed in the mainstream workplace. Their mission is, “to empower women, to achieve economic independence by providing a network of support, professional attire, and development tools to help women thrive in work and in life.” At Dress for Success, 2018 is “The Year of the Shoe,” and donations of black shoes, black purses, and $10 gas gift cards are in need. The alumni and community relations committee will be collaborating with several other Fashion Show events to collect clothes and accessories throughout the spring semester.

Merchandising scholarship

Starting in 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. We are excited to announce that we will be partnering with Versona of Des Moines to develop this case study. The winner of the Lora and Russ Talbot ISU Fashion Show Merchandising Scholarship will be announced during the awards portion of The Fashion Show 2018.

Become a Friend of The Fashion Show!

The Fashion Show accepts general contributions. The Fashion Show provides an opportunity to support students for their excellence. Looking back on 2017 we are so thankful for your support of The Fashion Show. Last year, we surpassed our fundraising goal by 30 percent, raising $26,474. Thank you for your generous donations that make each year the best possible production.

In 2017 there were 18 different scholarship categories – each with a first ($500), second ($300), and third place ($200) award – as well as Best in Show. Categories include Accessories, Street Wear, Professional Day Wear, Special Occasion, Wearable Art/Experimental, Menswear, Portfolio, Fashionable Illustration, Fiber Art, Children’s Wear, Digital Printing, and Collection. To sponsor an award contact the producers at