The 2013 Fashion Show at Turning Stone Casino took place on Sunday April 21st at 4 p.m. The fashion show was designed around the idea of a “recollection” set to the style of old Hollywood, which was shown through old footage of past shows, such as the shows from 1973, 2009, 2011 and 2012. In 1973, the first fashion show at Cazenovia College was started. Every Spring, Fashion Promotion students produce the fashion show, including planning, set-up and back-stage work to help show each individual student work and to highlight Senior Collections. However, The fashion students also collaborate with students in other majors, such as photography and graphic design to help create the programs for the show. In 2009, attendance was over 800, which lead to the addition of a matinee show in 2010, with the total attendance of the two shows totaling close to 1500. In 2011 and 2012, the tradition of having a manatee showing continued. In 2012 the theme, based on the grim fairytales and brought in nearly 2000 people in attendance over the multiple showings (Phillips 2013).
Due to this growing tradition, the Cazenovia College fashion department decided to try to start another tradition, have the fashion show at the Turning Stine Casino. Over the past four years the seniors, Katie Poploski, Andrea Courtwright, Megan Vetere, Katie Wyckoff, Linda Kaned, Katie Robbins, Dilara Altay, Lauren Barkalow, Joneshia Thomas and Maureen Wilson, had been preparing for this show; taking the classes, gaining the hands on experience and pulling the all-nighters to create a perfect senior collection. The seniors had came a long way from muslin samples and had the privilege to showcase their perfected collections. These collections featured a multiple array of inspirations, each different to each individual senior; each collection showed the individual’s passion and source of inspiration. In addition to these senior collections there was multiple undergraduate level pieces. However, only the pieces that were selected by a “jury” were showcased with the senior collection. This process involved presenting a garment to the jury, choosing a model to wear it, and then finally making the changes to the garment that the jury suggested in order for it to be in the fashion show before the senior collections.
According to Cazenovia College alumna Christine Carley, who was the speaker for the “Recollection” on Sunday April 21 at The Turning Stone Casino, “ The annual fashion show may be one of the most important events put on by Cazenovia College.” Carley is an off-air associate at QVC (a home shopping enterprise) where she is responsible for building relationships with vendors and guests as well as executing off-air social media initiatives. Carey, during her speech stated, “I am honored to be the guest speaker for this year’s fashion show. I’ve been keeping up with all of the excitement on Facebook, and have seen all of the photos going up of the Fashion Promotion class.” Carley also shared her memories of being in the fashion show as a student (Phillips 2013).
Even through the fashion department chose an iconic theme, the fashion department managed to create a truly cliché free show at a brand new location; pieces that went far beyond the average of “the wow factor.” In other words, even if you are into fashion or not, the fashion show is not an event you want to miss.