2018 DAAP Fashion Show 

2018 DAAP Fashion Show 

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We chat with the DAAP Fashion Show’s leading lady to learn about everything new and exciting planned for this year’s show.


The UC DAAP Fashion Show will be held April 27 at the UC Campus Recreation Center.

Heart-pounding excitement paired with creative elegance and innovation is what this year’s DAAP Fashion Show is all about. 

The University of Cincinnati hosts its annual fashion show on April 27,  a showcase of the student talent in the College of Design, Architecture, Art and Planning program in the UC Campus Recreation Center at 7:30 p.m.

DAAP Fashion Show features more than 350 original designs, a 92 foot long catwalk- lit by CCM’s Stage and Lighting School, live audience of 1,500 people, 30 plus models and live DJ to exhibit the senior class’ thesis collections as well as a glimpse of underclass projects. 

The graduating class of 48 seniors from Fashion Design and Product Strategy began their creative process the summer in advance of the show, which results in the culmination of their five years of design education and co-op experiences, according to Laurie Wilson, DAAP Adjunct and producer of the show for the past 22 years. 

“The DAAP Fashion Show is the closest thing anyone can experience in this region to a major fashion week show,” says Wilson. “Truly people look forward to this event from year to year because of how very unique it is!”

The show opens with a salute to Macy’s, who has been the show’s presenting sponsor for 13 years, and hair and makeup is provided by a team of about 50 artists from  Aveda Frederic’s Institute.

The DAAP Fashion Show is a fundraiser for the Fashion Design Program in addition to a showcase of the program to the public. All seats are reserved and purchased online where you can find a $60 preferred ticket or a $150 VIP ticket, which includes admission to the Dean’s VIP Cocktail Reception prior to the show.

An After Party, hosted by for the first time by Victoria’s Secret, will be open to attendees following the show.

Seeing the audience’s reactions to the student’s hard work is what makes the nine months of planning all worth it, says Wilson.

“The most exciting part for me is the night of the show, watching and listening to the 1,500 person audience react to the collections as they hit the 92-foot catwalk,” she adds. “The space is transformed to a place that is very unique and powerful because it is the future alive in front of you, now.”

To learn more, or order tickets, visit http://daap.uc.edu/daapworks/fashionshow.html