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Fashion Students Set to "Hoop It Up"
in Annual Showcase

Date: May 15, 2001
Story by: Mary Bridget Reilly
Phone: (513) 556-1824
Photos by: Lisa Ventre
Archive: General News

Young designers from the University of Cincinnati's nationally respected fashion design program are set to display their most striking garments Friday, June 1 at the Albert B. Sabin Convention Center. This year's event marks the fashion show's 50th anniversary.

design by David Whitelaw

Dramatic ball gowns to versatile camping apparel, as well as children's wear and tailored suits, will rock down the runway as a testament to what the UC students have learned in the classroom and after years of internships and cooperative education quarters with companies as diverse and creative as MTV and Tommy Hilfiger, Inc.

More than 80 students will display their collections during a professionally modeled, choreographed and lighted show. Among the students and their creations on display during the "50th Anniversary Fashion Show and Honors Night:"

design by HazenJocelyn Hazen of Montgomery is creating dramatic red-and-black ball gowns (one can be seen at left) of leather, vinyl, tule, silk, satin, crinoline, and lace. She calls her designs "strong colors for strong, independent women." One dress includes a pleated fan attached to the back of the dress which reaches and curves over the head by about three feet like a cobra's hood. Another dress includes hoops that extend the skirt out in a six-foot diameter around the model.

Nikki Stewart of Blue Ash is creating fashion designs and jewelry based on traditional African garb for women. She is creating long, earth-toned skirts of wool accompanied by sleeveless tops. Another ensemble includes dramatically flaring trousers. Her custom-made jewelry includes large, hoop earrings of snake vertebrae as well as a choker of oxidized copper and hebron glass. After graduation, Stewart will work for souchi in San Francisco, designing and creating high-end women's sweaters.

designs by Holleran

Erin Holleran of Milford is creating ball gowns of rich, dramatic color. (at left) The silk duiponi skirts and tube tops are studded with geometric shapes - circles, triangles, and squares. For instance, criton green and bright green triangles dapple the deep purple of one skirt and top like fallen snow. Holleran creates the effect of gravity pulling the geometric shapes downward. For instance, on another gown, she has arranged circles falling from top to bottom of a tule skirt. Small, sparsely scattered circles dot the skirt at the waistband. As the skirt descends to the floor, the circles become larger and more though pulled by gravity.

designs by Carlin

Jenny Carlin of Loveland is creating garments of Tyvek paper (at right)for a bridal party which includes a bridal gown, two bridesmaids' gowns, a flower girl dress and a groom's suit. Tyvek's normal use is to help insulate homes and other buildings. The bridal gown consists of a Tyvek top and a multi-tiered Tyvek skirt. The bride even carries a bouquet of Tyvek flowers. All the Tyvek apparel have designs of black permanent marker - words and saying written by Carlin's grafitti artist friends from across the country.

Stephanie DiCola of West Chester, has created free-flowing, long dresses inspired by the Italian cities of Venice, Florence, Milan and Como where she traveled as part of a UC summer seminar. If you take a close look at the jewelry, you'll ntoice the earrings, bracelets and necklaces are painted ziti, penne, rotelli, and other pastas. After graduation, DiCola will design children's wear for Limited Too.

Lisa Eun of Clifton, based her collection on a Brothers Grimm fairytale called "The Four Gallant Sisters" in which four orphan girls disguise themselves in order to work as an astronomer, hunter, tailor and pickpocket. Each garment in Eun's collection evokes the choice made by each girl. For instance, a long, midnight-blue velvet gown dramatically draped with white, glass beads recalls the stargazing tasks of the orphan-turned-astronomer.

Kathy Feiler of Springdale, takes water as the inspiration for her collection. A man's ensemble that she is creating includes wool trousers and as well as a mohair sweater. Extending beyond the bottom of the trousers and spilling out of the collar of the mohair sweater is a shimmering satin undergarment meant to mimic the appearance and movement of water.

Emily Siegel of Blue Ash is creating 1980s-inspired garments that include denim shorts, skirt and jeans along with a fleece coat and tank tops that use Velcro as fasteners.

Jill Hertzman of Montgomery, bases her collection on superheroes of the future. And who are those superheroes? Hackers. "They are the handymen of the future. They save people from computer meltdown." Consequently, Hertzman creates trousers, coats, skirts, tops and stoles that incorporate plastic, reflective materials, and jewelry made of wires and circuitboards.

design by Jasany

Anne Jasany of Springfield Township is creating minimalist pieces (at left)of leather and ultrasuede - all held together by 3-inch safety pins. The sleek, geometric designs emphasize asymmetry and an industrial sentiment.

Molly Cruit of Clifton is creating travelwear where just about everything is reversible and turns into something else. For example, a skirt and insulated jacket ensemble transforms into a sleeping bag and pillow. The PVC pipe of a backpack frame can convert into a hammock frame while another jacket with a fur fabric covered over by a waterproof mesh, an accompanying skirt and top can be used for the hammock's fabric. Another pair of pants turns into a carrying bag.

UC's fashion show benefits the fashion design program. It begins at 8 p.m. Friday, June 1, at the Albert B. Sabin Convention Center, downtown. Tickets in advance are $30 for general seating, or $50 for preferred seating. Tickets at the door are $35 for general seating. Patron level tickets, which include a pre-show reception at Saks Fifth Avenue, are available for $100 and $150. To order tickets or for more information, call 513-588-0148.

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