Those who want to see unconventional feats of fashion and fresh apparel design are invited to experience The Fashion Event - Auburn University’s premier fashion showcase featuring creations by the next generation of fashion designers and merchandisers. The annual Fashion Event, cosponsored by the College of Human Sciences Department of Consumer and Design Sciences and the Auburn Apparel Merchandising and Design Association, is one of the top college-level productions in the nation.
The highly-anticipated, student-run event is held every Spring and showcases an array of student work including visual merchandising vignettes, e-portfolio exhibits, interior design displays and, of course, a runway show.
In 2012, the newly-formed AMDA, the professional organization for Auburn apparel students, relied on local connections to arrange the premiere Fashion Event. Accessories were borrowed from a vintage shop, a salon in town provided hair and makeup and even venue space was donated to the effort. Everything down to the music – played then on an iPod – was planned with just a $300 budget and our students’ drive to succeed.
Since then, industry giants including Dillard’s and MAC have co-sponsored the event. World-famous DJ CoCo – who has provided the music for runway shows in New York, Paris, Milan and London – attends every year.
With attendance nearing a thousand, the Fashion Event has become widely known as Auburn’s premier creative showcase of student work, connecting apparel students with the industry’s best internships and job placements.
Because of the dedication and ingenuity of our apparel students, the Fashion Event has become a highly-anticipated, annual showcase of the fashion-forward work of future industry leaders. Selected students participate in a voluntary, three-credit hour course that spans two semesters and requires countless hours of out-of-classroom work to plan The Fashion Event each year.
Students interested in participating in the Fashion Event Planning class have to complete a selective application process where they describe the skills and abilities that would make them a valuable addition to the planning team. The students are then divided into working groups tasked with decorating, creative design, public relations, modeling, styling and media for the event.
Year after year, students have said The Fashion Event is an invaluable experience for aspiring apparel designers and merchandisers, offering them the opportunity to learn the ins and outs of a design show before they even graduate.