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Stephens College has a long reputation for excellence in fashion and is, in fact, considered one of the top 50 schools for fashion in the world. We bring the art of fashion to the community through public events, including an annual fashion show, and by exhibiting items from our Costume Museum & Research Library.

The Collections Annual Student Designer Fashion Show

Our fashion design students work all school year to turn their concepts into designs and designs into garments that they proudly reveal at the annual student designer fashion show, The Collections. 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. Each year specialty design categories such as garments with a social cause or engineered printing on fabric are part of the runway experience. Read more about the student designer fashion show.

Missed the Spring 2017 show? Watch the live stream:


In the News:

Project Runway: Stephen's College Edition (Vox Magazine)

Fashion design seniors to debut collaborative efforts at The Collections fashion show (SC-Scene news blog)


The Costume Museum & Research Library

Two public exhibits are held in the Historic Costume Gallery (on the mezzanine floor of Lela Raney Wood Hall, 6 N. College Ave.) throughout the year. All exhibits are free and open to the public. All items displayed are pulled from the Costume Museum & Research Library. Established in 1958, the library has grown by donations from alumnae, friends and designers to more than 13,000 pieces, including representations of ethnic wear, everyday clothes of women, men and children, and an impressive list of designer garments.

Among the many designers represented are Oleg Cassini, Arnold Scaasi, Gilbert Adrian, Bill Blass, Bonnie Cashin, Chanel, Courreges, Madame Etta, Claire McCardell, Norman Norell, Oscar de la Renta and Valentino. This working collection of garments and accessories dating back to 1730 allows students to study not only garment construction but fashion trends that provide inspiration for current styles with actual hands-on experience. Archival storage areas protect the integrity of the collection, and classroom space allows for research and lecture discussions.

The next exhibit will be in Fall 2017.

Exhibit Hours:
12 to 1 p.m. Wednesdays 
5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursdays
12 to 3 p.m. Saturdays & Sundays
Closed during Stephens College holidays.

Columbia Daily Tribune: Show and Tell: Stephens College exhibit explores how children interact with fashion
Columbia Daily Tribune: "Lights, Camera, Fashion"
KBIA: Intersection: Exploring Stephens College Reel to Real Exhibit

Past Shows:
Spring 2017: Head Over Heels
Fall 2016: Scaasi: Fashioning a Colorful Life
Spring 2016: Playing Dress Up: How Kids See Clothing
Fall 2015: REEL to REAL: Hollywood’s Influence on American Fashion
Spring 2015: The Day, The Dress, The Dream
Fall 2014: Faux Real
Spring 2014: Her Story
Fall 2013: Bohemian Rhapsody
Spring 2013: Emergence

For more information:
Costume Museum & Research Library
Stephens College
School of Design
Campus Box 2042
1200 E. Broadway
(573) 876-7220 

Historic Costume Gallary flickr site

See a full calendar of Stephens events here.

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