Annual Fashion Show


With the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, we realized we had a huge job to replace the annual Fashion Show and invent and implement a memorable, interactive experience that would celebrate its senior designers and merchandising students.This completely virtual extravaganza highlights the hard work of senior design and merchandising students, all of whom have been working toward this moment throughout their four years in the School of Fashion. The event took place on Friday, April 24, premiering on the Kent State Annual Fashion Show Instagram account and via the school’s YouTube channel

Fashion Show 2.0 embodies an eclectic assortment of styles, materials, concepts and processes of completed garments. The format showcases the work of 45 student designers, who were personally selected (prior to COVID-19 pandemic) by a panel of industry critics to be displayed on the runway in the original live show. More than 140 looks are featured throughout the event – all designed by seniors.

View the 2020 Lookbook on

 If you missed the show, you can watch it above or watch it directly on YouTube

For photos from the event, follow our School and our Annual Fashion Show pages on Instagram!

2020 Award Winners

Best in Show Award  - Isabella Diorio

Sponsored by Peg’s Foundation 

Draping Award - Payton Prindle

Sponsored by Ms. Roe Green

Eveningwear Award - Brianna Genthe

Sponsored by Ms. Roe Green

Flat Pattern Award - Bin Zhou

Sponsored by Ms. Andrea E. Senich

Knitwear Award - Helen Legg

Sponsored by STOLL

Most Market Ready Award - Morgan Arena

Sponsored by Mr. Kenneth Robinson

People’s Choice Award - Bianca Oliver

Sponsored by Mr. & Mrs. Ken & Karen Conley

Sportswear Award - Zachary Tatoczenko

Sponsored by Janet E. Dix, Ph.D. & Mr. David E. Dix

SUEDEsays™ Award - Aleksandra Laurenzo

Sponsored by Stephen Whitney Baum

Sustainable Practice Award - Sage Dye

Sponsored by Mr. & Mrs. Daniel & Andrea Steger

TechStyleLAB Award - Holly Gustafson

Sponsored by Mr. Kenneth Robinson

Visit the Annual Fashion Show's Instagram for photos of the winning collections!

Learn more about Fashion Show 2.0

About the Annual Fashion Show

The Fashion School at Kent State University stages the the Annual Fashion Show every April. The show highlights the outstanding talents of the Fashion School’s design and merchandising students. It is held annually at the School of Fashion at 515 Hilltop Drive in Kent, Ohio. 

For the Annual Fashion Show, fashion students submit work — ranging from athletic wear to evening gowns — to a panel of industry professionals, who decide which collections and looks will be presented on the runway. Fashion merchandising students plan and organize the two-day event.

Fashion Show Archive

The School of Fashion's Annual Fashion Show has been a staple event in the academic year since 2012. See how our show has evolved through the years as you journey through our fashion show archives.