The annual VCUarts fashion show, entitled “SHIMMER,” marks 50 years of the program’s spectacular student showcase. Fashion design and merchandising majors will take the Train Shed at Main Street Station again on Wednesday, May 8. In addition to the many students and excited onlookers in attendance, special guest Richard Haines (BFA ’73),  alumnus and fashion illustrator, will be flying in from New York to see the runway show.

Sydney Lake writes for RVAmag:

Of the approximately 125 designs to be shown, most junior and senior design students will be represented, along with the expertise of merchandising students. The show will feature women’s sportswear, dresses, menswear, denim, embellishment/luxury, and surface design, all created by hand or with the assistance of industry-standard machinery, Casey Prentice of The Hodges Partnership said.

The VCUarts Fashion Show is juried, and garments are selected by a group of local fashion businesses and influencers, Prentice said. A mix of fashion industry people and retailers including Ledbury, Alton Lane, Frances Kahn, and Pam Reynolds are just a few members of the 12-person jury who will be judging the show. Working with their assessments, they will come down to final number of pieces for the show.

Not only is the show juried by local fashion icons, but it is also locally sponsored.

“The community is really supportive of our show,” said Patricia Brown, chair of fashion. “We’re so thankful. We have a lot of gratitude for their support.”

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May 3, 2019