The Columbus College of Art & Design's graduating fashion students have designed, sketched, sewn, taken out and re-sewn four outfits since August (on top of cramming for exams, working and job hunting). But the moment they've been building toward arrives May 13, when the best looks of the bunch will rock the runway at the annual (and typically sold-out) CCAD Senior Fashion Show. This year's theme is Masters of Design, and each student selected a famous designer as inspiration. Here's a sneak peek at a handful of highlights.

[From Left to Right]

Carolyn Martin, 25
Inspiration: Coco Chanel
It took a few years with a head in a science textbook and a heart with no gratification for Martin to realize she belonged in design. Her looks combine Chanel's clean class and her own bold sass.

Lauren LeCastre, 23
Inspiration: Diane von Furstenberg
LeCastre's advice for future students: Work hard, play harder. It's fitting, then, that she was inspired by the iconic DVF staple: A simple design constructed with fun
patterned material.

Sung Kim, 22
Inspiration: Sonia Rykiel
Inspired by the quirky Queen of Knits, Kim's collection employs sexy, modern silhouettes in an approachable palette of nude, black and neutrals.

Janell Clemente, 30
Inspiration: Alexander McQueen
Clemente was on the cusp of going pre-med before beginning fashion, but her surgeon-worthy attention to detail is clearly evident in the hand-stitched application of the lace on this gown.

Marie Hutton, 22
Inspiration: Ralph Lauren
In the imaginary studios of her Pennsylvania basement as a little girl, Hutton was a famous designer. Today, her tailored menswear plays with fabric weight and layers.