CCAD Fashion Show: On with the show

Staff Writer
Columbus Alive

The senior fashion show at the Columbus College of Art & Design this year is all about out with the old, in with the new.

It starts with the school's new classroom building along Broad Street, where the Circus Couture show will be held under an all-encompassing tent. The annual show features senior fashion design students' collections, which they created during a year-long thesis course.

The theme, "under the big top," was announced to this year's seniors a year ago, giving them summer break to brainstorm designs and buy fabric. Previous classes have always had to make fast decisions in the fall.

"People did some really great research this year, and I think that really helped to give them some really interesting shapes, colors and patterns," professor Suzanne Cotton said.

Each of the 26 student designers created four garments around their interpretation of the theme; two of those will be shown by student models on the runway.

The resulting looks include everything from tiger print to futuristic designs. Flowing, silky fabrics recalling a circus tent stood out as a popular design element.

"The variety is wonderful," professor Brooke Hannan said. "And to me, the best part is it really shows what the CCAD curriculum is about. Because we're not a cookie-cutter factory."

The show, which has been held in the Limited Brands headquarters for the past few years, will spring to life this year behind the newly renovated CCAD Design Studios building.

Saturday's show kicks off with brunch and a cocktail hour. A limited number of tickets were available as of press time, but the show will be presented again May 15 during CCAD's student exhibition, which is free and open to the public. It's a popular feature, so get there early.

Runway ready

The 26 fashion design students in this year's senior class explained the inspirations behind their collections.

Amy Baron

Textures from silk to leather mix, in a look inspired by gypsies and early-20th-century circuses.

Tiara Bass

Precise and polished looks in yellow and black represent turn-of-the-century circuses.

Erica Bruner

A red, white and black color palette ties together a look that's sporty and elegant.

Genoveva Christoff

Silks in colors inspired by the circus are gathered into elegant dresses.

Carolina Corriveau

A girly, chic style is presented through bright colors and sheer fabrics.

Miranda Davis

Clashing colors, like patterned tights and sheer jackets, are accented by tassels and buttons.

Melinda Duvall

Playful, youthful looks reflect circus characters with a Cirque-du-Soleil feel.

Maddie Etter

Striped and textured fabrics combine in a whimsical collection of ruffled necklines and flared skirts.

Taren Hayes

Colorful, flowing fabrics echo a circus tent in tones that reflect a bright clown.

Suey Ho

Fabrics in opposing textures and weights clash in looks that seem dark and gypsy-inspired.

Yoshi Ito

Opposites combine in bold garments with rigid ruffles inspired by hobo clowns.

Yeon Jang

Edgy designs, including menswear, in dark colors and denims.

Vicky Kim

Ruffled silhouettes inspired by circus clowns take a different color direction: green, gold, gray and purple.

Annie Kocher

Ringmaster-style menswear is interpreted for females using lots of color and stacked top hats.

Amanda Kroll

Plaids and patterns come together in shapes that evoke traveling Wild West shows.

Hilary Maranto

The circus' ringleader shines through in tailcoat-inspired designs brightened by purple and stripes.

Shannon Morse

Vintage designs, including dresses and a pantsuit, influenced by mimes and a bit of Charlie Chaplin.

Ashley Ogle

Exaggerated, circle-shaped hips pop with iridescent silk fabrics and jeweled beadwork.

Mary Pool

Circus snacks personified in whimsical yet glamorous dresses with plenty of texture.

Jovanna Robinson

Neon colors and animal prints on silks are formed into flowing ruffles and bubble skirts.

Robin Savage

Feminine and masculine collide in styles influenced by costume design and made sharp by red, white and black.

Erin Sheehan

Flowing fabrics take on a hard edge with metal hardware and structured shapes.

Jeein Shin

Myriad fabrics form effortless-looking pieces that allude to a circus performer's fluid movements.

Emily Stockwell

Asian-Indian-influenced colors, fabrics and beadwork bring elegance through ruffles.

Ashley Viers

An urban, Coney Island-style circus comes to life through the bright colors of graffiti.

Sandy Watters

Costumey designs in stark green, blue and black are topped off with a jester-like mask.