The Collections: Student Designer Fashion Show
At the annual student designer fashion show, students apply what they’ve learned in the classroom to a real runway setting.
This much-anticipated juried event is held each spring in a tradition going back to 1944.
The Collections highlights student designers, models, and an array of talented individuals. The show is entirely planned and produced by students, making this event a showcase of Stephens’ talent.
Our Fashion Design + Product Development students work all school year to turn their concepts into designs and designs into garments. Students are charged with coming up with creative denim and weekend wear, contemporary sportswear, and tailored designs. Fashion design seniors are responsible for entire collections. Specialty design categories such as garments with a social cause or engineered printing on fabric are part of the runway experience each year.
Industry experts serve on the Jury of Selection, the panel responsible for determining which pieces will be highlighted in the show.
Sample of Guest Jurors
- Britt Wallace, Global Senior Swimwear Designer
- Carméla Luga, Associate Woven Designer, Calvin Klein
- Godfrey Riddle, VP External Affairs, Rightfully Sewn
- Gretchen Röehrs ’12, Art Director, Rothy’s
- Amy Bond ’92, producer, Netflix’s “Next In Fashion”
- Andrea Seemayer ’09, owner/designer, A.Lynn and former senior director, Zac Posen, New York, NY
- Vanessa Serbenz, Bergdorf Goodman Style Expert
Fashion Marketing + Management and Fashion Communication majors are responsible for planning the event from the lighting and music down to hair and make-up, further creating a real-world environment with hands-on projects and cross-discipline collaboration.
Our student + alumnae designers have international cred.
Three students and a recent graduate of Stephens’ fashion design and product development program were featured at New York Fashion Week (NYFW). Catherine Hake ’19, Jillian Turner ’20, Samantha Knaust ’20 and Rose Carter ’20 showcased their collections to an international audience of designers and media houses. Stephens students and graduates also have presented their collections at Kansas City Fashion Week and at the FACTORY Fashion Show in St. Louis.
Some of the program’s remarkable alumnae include Amy Bond ’92, Project Runway participant (2004) and producer of Netflix’s new reality show Next in Fashion (2020); and illustrator and painter Gretchen Röehrs ’12, whose work has appeared in The New York Times, Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar.
While in school, our students enjoy career-focused internships with companies like Nordstrom, Lancome, Victoria’s Secret, Bottega Veneta, Anthropologie, Cosmopolitan magazine, Calvin Klein, Marie Claire, and top national ad agencies.
The Collections: 2021
The 77th annual Student Designer Fashion Presentations: The Collections will take place as a fashion exhibition that is open to Stephens College students, faculty and staff from April 24 through May 8. A Virtual Gallery experience will be available on April 24 at TheCollectionsFashionShow.com. To further celebrate the amazing accomplishments of our fashion design seniors, the fashion show production class has created a series of short films to represent the mood of each collection and introduce their creations to the world. Fashion Short Films will be available on April 11 at TheCollectionsFashionShow.com.
The Collections Archive
About Fashion at Stephens
Preparing some of the most talented liberal arts students in the Midwest, Stephens College has been recognized with a handful of accolades over the years. Stephens is an official member of the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA). Stephens has been ranked as one of the top 5 best fashion programs in the U.S., according to The Business of Fashion, London.