There will be many “firsts” this year Cornell Fashion Collective spring parade.
The 38th annual event, April 30, starting at 2 p.m., will be CFC’s first in-person spring show since 2019. The event will also be the first time the public can see the collections of the approximately 60 Tier 1 student designers. at 4 CFC.
And perhaps the most important ‘first’ – this year’s event will be held outdoors on the Arts Quad under three large tents to ensure a rain or shine event. The last in-person spring shows were at Barton Hall.
“I was really looking forward to it (in 2020) and then the same week we were going to have the show, it got canceled,” said CFC creative director and fiber science major Cardinal Robinson ’24. and in clothing design in the College of Human Ecology (CHE). “Then we came back last year, and no show. So it’s pretty amazing, because we’re really able to have a show where people can finally show their looks.
“It’s really exhilarating,” he said, “and a bit surreal, to be honest.”
The track will be set up on the diagonal walkway that extends from Goldwin Smith Hall northwest to the Herbert F. Johnson Museum. Two of the tents will be opaque and one will have a transparent roof, to let in natural light.
Tickets for the event are $10 for general admission, $15 for friends and family seating, and $35 for VIP seating.
Level 1 and 2 designers have assigned themes to use as inspiration for their pieces. The theme for level 1 is “Unconventional”; Level 2 is “Monochrome”, the color theme being blue. More advanced designers can choose their own themes.
In 2020, the pandemic put an end to the event at the last minute. Last year it was held virtually, with a collection of short films highlighting the line of each designer. A film was produced for all level 1 designers and one for level 2; designers in Tiers 3 and 4 each made their own shorts showcasing their work.
“Our council had a really creative solution,” said Sarina Matson ’22, CFC’s director of management, who is also studying fiber science and apparel design in the new Human Centered Design Department, at CH. “It was actually really cool creatively because each designer was really able to have creative control over how they wanted to portray their designs.”
Matson said CFC will incorporate some of the lessons learned from the virtual event into this year’s in-person show.
“I think what we really want to preserve is that extra creativity,” she said, “and I think that’s why Cardinal (Robinson) really wanted it to be on the outside. C It’s different from our traditional show at Barton Hall, which I didn’t think really left much room for designers’ creativity.
Ruby Jones ’22, a Level 4 designer specializing in fashion design, said she had the chance to walk in an in-person fashion show in her freshman year and was looking forward to seeing the designs again on the podium.
“I’m really, really excited to get back to the in-person shows, because I think those are a lot more fun and celebratory. It feels like you’ve really done something,” said Jones, whose collection is inspired by the American West, with lots of leather, suede and rich colors.
“And I have family coming, which I’m looking forward to,” she said. “And this collection is my main application piece, in terms of applying for jobs after college, so hopefully it all comes together.”
Maisie McDonald ’23, a Level 3 designer, focuses on sustainability in her designs. What value does she place on the three Rs – reduce, reuse, recycle – in her work?
“All of my designs reuse post-industrial or post-consumer fabrics or pieces,” she said. “And I’m really inspired by the materials themselves. I feel like I can’t sketch something without having a specific scrap material in mind.
Her line will include second-hand sweaters deconstructed and sewn together into creations that are as much art as clothing – or, as the reuse of discarded materials in jewelry, art and fashion has been. nicknamed, “trashion”.
“I work with a lot of upholstered pieces,” McDonald said, “so my collection is meant to be super playful — sort of commenting on body standards and just having fun with the clothes and making it a work of art.”
The tents will go up on the Arts Quad a few days before the show, Matson said. Dress rehearsals are scheduled for April 23 and 28 ahead of the event open to the public.