DAAP Fashion Show Preview

DAAP Fashion Show Preview

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Learn about the upcoming event that's one of the biggest fashion shows in the region with 1,500 people, a 92-foot catwalk and more than 350 individual designs.

Laurie Wilson, University of Cincinnati adjunct professor, with DAAP students.

The annually sold-out DAAPfashion show is aiming to top past shows this year with high-caliber fashion, a 92-foot catwalk and creative lighting and design from CCM.

13 product development seniors, and 36 fashion design seniors have worked tirelessly over the past months to create stunning collections to present to the Cincinnati area on April 29th. This fashion show features over 350 unique designs from students in the DAAP program.

DAAPfashion is “highly regarded as the top fashion event in the region even for the sheer magnitude of it: 1500 people, a 92-foot catwalk, 40 models, incredible lighting and an LA DJ,” says Laurie Wilson, University of Cincinnati adjunct professor. “The university sees it as a key annual event for the public to learn about our Fashion Design program, our college and the university as a whole.”

“Last year we honored the 10-year sponsorship we have with Macy’s, which is so important to the ability for us to be able to showcase our students’ work in the caliber it deserves,” Wilson says.

This 2016 fashion show will celebrate the 65th year of DAAPfashion, and the university is thrilled with the continued success that is unfortunately marked with a hint of sadness this year. “This show is dedicated to the memory of Hanna Hall, who was the Program Coordinator for Fashion Design and passed away very unexpectedly at the first of this semester,” Wilson says. “Each of the students has put a tag in their looks that says: For Hanna: Love & Details.”

The DAAPfashion show will have the underlying theme of “process” for the show that works to highlight the process of design growth and how the students develop their craft. The students are given large amounts of artistic freedom for their individual collections.

“The capstone projects featured by the seniors are begun in concept during the summer prior to their fall semester, then they do their final co-op semester in the fall, Wilson says. “They return to school in January and begin construction of their thesis.”

For the 2016 DAAPfashion show, the seniors’ collections will range from childrenswear, menswear, performance active wear, bridal lingerie, hand-knit sweaters, modern separates, creative costuming and even laser-cut leather.

“This show is truly one of the most interesting and well-constructed group of collections we have ever had the opportunity to put on our stage,” Wilson says. “This is the 18th DAAP Show I have produced, and I have to tell you that this really is an extraordinary show this year.”

Adding to the importance of this fashion show, DAAPfashion can fast-track students’ careers or grab attention from attendants of the show. “We have often heard of seniors who are contacted by professionals after the show for job opportunities,” Wilson says.

“Talented lighting and stage designers from CCM will set our stage again this year with incredible lighting and the new element of LCD panels on stage to augment the audience experience. And, of course, DJ Ruckus Roboticus will be with us again from Los Angeles to mix the show live.”

“The hundreds of designers that have come through this program have created such a legacy,” Wilson says. “Future industry professionals begin their careers on this runway. We have had two recent grads go to Project Runway AllStars! Asha Ama Daniels, will speak to our Reality Rehearsal Experience audience on Thursday, April 28th at our public show rehearsal. This is a great place for high school students to see how a show is put together, and then come back to see the final finished product on Friday night.”

Tickets are on sale, but quantities are very limited. The show sells out every year, so visit http://daap.uc.edu/daapworks/fashionshow.html or call 513.451.6191 to purchase tickets.