The Fashion Show 2012 Exhibit


April 30- August 24, 2012

Co-curated by graduate student Kate Greder, the directors Carleigh Rose and Anna Moody, and the members of the gallery and display committee: Marcus Galvin, Carissa Drake, Alexandra Maher, Mollie Shirley, Taylor Finney, Lauren Kasperski, and Jill Stanely.


The 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 30th Annual Fashion Show included the work of 60 designers, 65 models, 104 student producers, 130 garments were modeled on the runway, and an additional 17  projects were displayed in the mounted exhibit. Over 2000 tickets for the 2012 were sold and $6800 in awards were announced throughout the course of the evening.  The first and second place winners in each design category are included in The Fashion Show Exhibit 2012.

Categories for garments entered into The Fashion Show

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

Accessories: Including hats and jewelry

Fiber Art: Art incorporating surface and various three-dimensional design principles.

Portfolio: Student portfolio

Fashion Illustration:   Rendering of garments that translates the design from two-dimensional concept to three-dimensional object.

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/Experimental: Clothing 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 designed for men

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

Digital Print Award: Incorporates use of digitally printed fabric, designed by student.

People’s Choice Award:  Guests attending the fashion show were invited to vote for their favorite garments in the show.

History of The Fashion Show   

Fashion Show 2012 Jennifer Schildberg

The Textiles and Clothing Fashion Show is one of Iowa State University’s most successful student produced events. The fashion show was originally 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 and most recently, to Stephens Auditorium in 2005.  Since 2007, student winners of the annual fashion show have been displayed in the Mary Alice Gallery, 1015 Morrill Hall during the summer months. The exhibit showcases the talent and scholarship of Iowa State’s Apparel, Merchandising, and Design program.


The curators wish to thank Sarah Bennett, Janet Fitzpatrick, Victoria Van Voorhis, Suzanne LeSar, Natalie Gendle, Ashley Garrin, and the student employees of the Textiles and Clothing Museum. This exhibit is supported by the College of Human Sciences, the AESHM department, and Dr. Robert Bosselman.