The Fashion Show 2011 Exhibit


April 27 – August 26, 2011

Co-curated by Caitlyn Kamm, Amanda Lensch and Kelsie Kucera

fashion-show-exhibit-2011_3_1The winning garments of the Annual Textiles and Clothing Fashion Show represent the finest work of undergraduate and graduate students studying design in the Apparel, Merchandising, and Design program at Iowa State University. Four nationally recognized judges in the textiles and clothing field juried all designs submitted for inclusion in the annual fashion show. They judged the garments on creativity and technical aspects of each piece. The 29th Annual Fashion Show included the work of 80 designers, 55 models, and over 168 garments. The 2011 show had 2,040 in attendance, and was dedicated to the memory of faculty member, Ruth Glock. The first and second place winners in each design category are included in The Fashion Show Exhibit 2011.


The exhibit is co-curated by Caitlyn Kamm, Amanda Lensch and Kelsie Kucera with special thanks to selected students of AESHM 271/471, Natalie Sanger Gendle, Carmen Keist, Sara Marcketti, Janet Fitzpatrick, Victoria Van Voorhis, and Suzanne LeSar. This exhibit is supported by the College of Human Sciences and the AESHM department.



Best in show: Highest honors awarded to one garment or line by a designer

Accessories: Including hats and jewelry

2D artwork and flat art: Objects not intended for the runway

Professional day wear: Clothing meant to be worn in a professional setting

Graduate: Work submitted by graduate students within the Textiles and Clothing Program

Collection: A line or collection of garments with similar theme or look

Wearable art and experimental: Clothing that is designed using non-traditional materials or techniques

Special occasion: Garments intended for dressier events and special occasions

Street wear: Provides an alternative to mainstream fashions

Men’s wear: Clothing that was designed for men

Eco friendly:Garments that are “green”, and are made from sustainable or recycled materials

History of the Fashion Show

The Textiles and Clothing Fashion Show is one of Iowa State University’s most successful student produced events. The fashion show has been staged on the steps of MacKay Auditorium, in MacKay Hall, and in Curtiss Hall. In 1989, the catwalk used for the show grew from five to twenty feet long. As the show continued to grow in audience and designer participation, the venues grew as well. The fashion show moved to Fisher Theater in 2000. In 2005, the show moved to the “Building of the Century” Stephens Auditorium. Since 2007, student winners of the annual fashion show have been displayed in the Mary Alice Gallery, 1015 Morrill Hall during the summer months.