It’s that time of year again! The UC DAAP Fashion Show is back and better than ever! Keep reading for a preview!
Laurie Wilson is an adjunct instructor and associate director of non-academic programming at the University of Cincinnati. She’s also the fashion show director for the annual Fashion Show event put on by students in the university’s College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning (DAAP) program.
According to Wilson, the DAAP Show is the largest and most innovative fashion show in the region, and is the graduation event for the seniors in the Fashion Design program at the University of Cincinnati.
The University of Cincinnati has been hosting the DAAP Show since 1951, making this year’s event the 68th annual fashion show.
The inspiration behind the show is all about showcasing hundreds of original, one-of-a-kind designs created by the future of fashion.
“The show is designed to introduce the designers to industry professionals, community fashion influencers, and fans of fashion, and, of course, their friends and families,” says Wilson.
Each year the UC DAAP Fashion Show offers a unique experience for event attendees. This year there are 53 seniors graduating and no two collections are the same, giving way for plenty of diversity.
“There will be approximately 250 outfits shown on 30-plus models as they walk the 300-foot runway at Waypoint Aviation,” adds Wilson.
Wilson says that each of the collections produced by the students are thought out immensely, and the designs reflect that thought process.
“There is such diversity in style, execution, and purpose; from clothing designed for young people with Cerebral Palsy to swimwear to outerwear, and there are even bridal collections,” she says. “The models that walk in the show continuously call it their favorite and they clamor to be a part of it.
This year’s event is being held May 3, at Waypoint Aviation’s hangar in Lunken Airport, and Wilson says there is a ton of new things being added to the 2019 show.
“Virtually everything is new,” she says.
This includes the 53 new designers from graduating seniors, hundreds of new garments, and a new location. The location gives the edgy, industrial feel that students desire. This year’s runway will also be a floor level, within just a few rows of every audience member. The 300-foot runway will be set up like a large rectangle, a new format for the show.
“It is much more like a New York Fashion Week environment than the raised stage we have had for years,” she says. “Macy’s and Victoria’s Secret, along with Rhinegeist, Ultimate Air Shuttle, and Waypoint Aviation have supported the show and we are extremely grateful.”
A new designer collection book, produced by Tether, will be available at the show and given to all VIP guests or purchased the night of the show. Attendees will also have the opportunity to purchase a raffle ticket to win a roundtrip flyaway to New York City courtesy of Ultimate Air Shuttle.
VIP tickets for the show are $150 and include the Meet the Designers reception in advance of the show, along with exclusive seating. Friends of Fashion tickets provide a reserved seat for the show and sell for $50. You can purchase tickets here.
Wilson says tickets for the show are going fast and they may move to Standing Room tickets when it sells out. The show will also be available to watch here.