Saturday April 16 marked the 38th annual fashion show at Cazenovia College. The event, titled "Runway Rhapsody" was sponsored by Syracuse-based clothing company Dreissig Apparel and held at the Cazenovia College's Schneewiess Athletic Complex. A matinee production took place at 2:30 p.m. while the evening show was put on at 7:30 p.m.; each to a packed crowd of college students, staff and community members.
The shows, which were simultaneously webcast, included artfully crafted garments from students spanning all levels of the school's Fashion Design program. The event's Producer, Assistant Professor of Fashion Design Laurabeth Allyn, acted as the event emcee and offered insight to the school's growing fashion department.
"One of the things about the show I'm most proud of is how much of it is student run. Other than the lighting, the music and production aspects, everything else is students; the promotional materials, the models, the designers and directors." Allyn said. "I'm really proud of that, I think it makes it successful. But it is also one of the aspects that make it hard. One of the things we have to look at for next year is how big it's become. It's not necessarily as feasible as it has been in the past for 25 students and one professor to put on."
The show itself is the examination for a class at Cazenovia College. Students enrolled in the course "Fashion Production Management" are assigned to coordinate different aspects of the large-scale production. While it was the work of the Fashion Design program students on display, students of the college's Business Management-Fashion Merchandising program handled all logistical aspects of the event. Allyn said the show is an entirely self-sufficient endeavor, with production costs totaling $20,000. Ticket sales, and sponsorship from area businesses fund each year's show.
Graduating senior and BM-FM major Erica Marchese was the Student Director of this year's show. Having participated in two previous productions, Marchese said this event was greatly improved from her freshman year experience. "I think the show was really great this year. The fashion department is definitely getting more recognition around campus," she said. "We were very organized, and the designer's collections were fantastic. I think people noticed how much work it takes."