Mirrored, animated graphic for VCUarts fashion show: Shimmer

Honored guests include Manhattan-based designers Abdul Abasi and Greg Rosborough of Abasi Rosborough, and fashion illustrator Richard Haines

RICHMOND, Va. (April 1, 2019) – Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts (VCUarts) Department of Fashion Design and Merchandising presents “Shimmer,” the annual fashion show. The event will be held on Wednesday, May 8, at 7:30 p.m. at the Train Shed, Main Street Station, 1500 E. Main St., Richmond, Virginia. Tickets are available for purchase at https://www.showclix.com/event/shimmer2019.

This year marks the 90th anniversary of VCUarts’ founding, and the 50th anniversary of the school’s fashion show. Honored guests for the evening’s event are Manhattan-based designers Abdul Abasi and Greg Rosborough of Abasi Rosborough, and fashion illustrator Richard Haines.

Abasi and Rosborough founded their eponymous company and label in 2013 with a redesigned suit jacket that moves and breathes with the wearer, while preserving the archetype, lineage and cultural meaning of the original design. The Abasi Rosborough aesthetic focuses on comfort, flexibility and natural clothing that is made in New York with recycled deadstock fabrics.

An alumnus of the Communications Arts and Design program, Haines is a former fashion designer who now sketches haute couture looks from the catwalk and leading fashion houses.

“We are in a celebratory mood this year, as Richard Haines returns to commemorate the 90th anniversary of the School of the Arts as well as the 50th year of the VCUarts Fashion Show in Richmond,” said Patricia Brown, chair of the VCUarts Department of Fashion Design and Merchandising. “We are also excited to welcome Abasi and Rosborough, as they share their vision for reimagining tailoring for the 21st century.”

This annual juried event presents the finished work of fashion design students, as well as the strategic production talents of fashion merchandising students. “Shimmer” 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. Clothing modeled on the runway includes junior and senior class designs, as well as designs from VCUarts Qatar, the school’s campus in Doha, Qatar.

“Shimmer” is organized by nine junior and senior merchandising students enrolled in the fashion department’s Advanced Show Production class, in collaboration with design students, fashion faculty and sponsors. Students produce all aspects of the show, from model selection and training to lighting, music selection and backstage operations.

Tickets are available for purchase online at https://www.showclix.com/event/shimmer2019. Tickets are $100 for front-row seating; $75 for second-row seating; and $60 for third-row seating. Discounts are available for fashion students and their families. The show will also be live-streamed at arts.vcu.edu/fashion/livestream.


About Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts

VCUarts is the top-ranked public arts and design school in U.S., with more than 250 faculty, lecturers and staff, 175 graduate students and 2,800 undergraduates spanning a wide range of creative research and scholarly disciplines. Faculty members are internationally recognized in their respective fields and contribute significantly to VCU, a major research university located in a creatively vibrant city and committed to mentoring the next generation of artists, entrepreneurs, scientists, scholars and engaged citizens of diverse communities around the world. The school’s fashion department is listed among the top programs of its kind in the country and offers a BFA in Fashion Design and a BA in Fashion Merchandising. VCUarts has an international campus located in Doha, Qatar.

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April 1, 2019