2018 Portfolio Showcase

Student showing fashion design portfolio to industry professional during 2018 Portfolio Showcase


The Kent State University Fashion School held its annual Portfolio Showcase on May 16 and 17 at the Fashion School’s New York City Studio. The “open-house” style event brought in industry professionals from across the fashion industry, to come and speak with senior fashion design and merchandising majors about their work.


Every spring, a jury of industry professionals select 40 Fashion School seniors, composed of 20 design and 20 merchandising majors, to participate in the annual portfolio showcase. The week after graduation, the recent graduates travel to the school’s NYC Studio to meet with Kent State alumni and industry guests. This year, due to the abundance of talented submissions, 44 students were chosen to participate (24 design, 20 merchandising).


The purpose of the Portfolio Showcase is to recognize students who have produced outstanding work throughout their Kent State career and to foster and strengthen the connections between the alumni, educators and the fashion industry. The goal is to assist the graduates as they make the transition between their student and professional lives.  At the conclusion of the annual event, many of the recent graduates end up securing positions with an attending company.


Over 50 alumni and over 40 industry professionals attended this year’s showcase. During the May 16 alumni reception, alums from Oscar de la Renta, Calvin Klein, Saks Fifth Avenue, Tory Burch, J. Crew and Marchesa were in attendance, among others, making it one of the largest turnouts to date.  Alumni networked with the recent grads offering advice and speaking about the current climate of the fashion industry.


Throughout the Portfolio Showcase on May 17, representatives from Ralph Lauren, American Eagle, Kenneth Cole, Anthropologie, Solomon Page, Li & Fung, Global Brands Group and others were in attendance. The students were able to network with the wide range of industry professionals, showing off their design portfolios and fostering connections with the hope of securing a job to kickstart their fashion careers.


“We had an amazing turnout for the Portfolio Showcase this year!” said showcase organizer, assistant professor Sara Snyder. “So many connections were made that will hopefully spark job possibilities for the students as they start their careers. It was a great opportunity for them to see the variety of jobs that they could be applicable for!”




Located in the heart of New York City’s Garment District, the NYC Studio provides full-semester academic programs for Kent State fashion students during the fall, spring, or summer terms. Guest students who are studying fashion design or merchandising at their home institution are also welcome to attend the NYC Studio during the academic year.


New York City, the epicenter of the fashion world, is itself a textbook providing rich, cultural wealth and inspiration that is unparalleled. When studying at the NYC Studio, students will learn from instructors who have successful careers in the NYC fashion industry. In addition, students can participate in prestigious internships and further their fashion careers by networking with professionals and alumni.


The NYC Studio opened in 2006 and now hosts Kent State and Non-Kent State students year-round.

POSTED: Tuesday, May 29, 2018 - 10:47am
UPDATED: Friday, June 15, 2018 - 4:16pm