Kent State University Fashion School Produces 35th Annual Fashion Show

The Fashion School at Kent State University will stage the Fashion School’s Annual Fashion Show, FS² Presented by Michael Kors, on Friday, April 28, and Saturday, April 29, 2017. The show highlights the outstanding talents of the Fashion School’s design and merchandising students. It will be held at the Fashion School at 515 Hilltop Drive in Kent, Ohio. Don Witkowski, Kent State alumnus and president of men’s at Michael Kors, will be inducted into the Fashion School’s Hall of Fame.

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.

Tickets for Friday are priced at $30 for the 2 p.m. Matinee and $55 for the 7 p.m. Awards Show. Friday Matinee and Awards Show tickets go on sale Monday, March 20; online sales begin at 8 a.m. at, while box office and telephone sales begin at noon. The Performing Arts Box Office is located in the Roe Green Center lobby of the Center for the Performing Arts (1325 Theatre Drive, Kent, Ohio) and may be reached at 330-672-2787. The box office accepts Visa, MasterCard, Discover, personal checks and cash.

UPDATE, 3/21: Friday tickets are now sold out. Call the Performing Arts Box Office at 330-672-2787 to join our wait list.

Sponsor/VIP Show and Hall of Fame Induction

Attendees of the Annual Fashion Show’s Sponsor/VIP Show the evening of Saturday, April 29, will have the opportunity to meet Hall of Fame inductee Don Witkowski during a special VIP reception. $250 tickets include a $75 donation to the Fashion School scholarship of your choice; admission to the VIP reception, Hall of Fame induction and Saturday night show; a fashion show catalog; and special recognition in the show program and catalog. For more information and to purchase Sponsor/VIP Show tickets, visit The Saturday night Sponsor/VIP Show will not be ticketed through the Performing Arts Box Office.

Don Witkowski Lecture

Don Witkowski will also give a free lecture open to the public prior to the Friday Matinee. The lecture will take place Friday, April 28, at noon in the Rockwell Hall auditorium.

UPDATE, 4/27: Don Witkowski's public lecture has been canceled due to scheduling conflicts. Witkowski will still attend the induction ceremony as planned.

About the Fashion School

Shannon Rodgers and Jerry Silverman founded the Fashion School at Kent State University in 1983. Along with being affiliated with the Council of Fashion Designers of America, the Fashion School has also been named a “Center of Excellence” by the Ohio Board of Regents Under the direction of J.R. Campbell and the guidance of the school’s dedicated faculty and staff, the school is consistently ranked among the top fashion schools in the nation. It aspires to be the premier American fashion school, combining an American university experience with a rigorous curriculum, an integrative approach to the use of digital technologies and access to a broad range of international and study-away experience. The Fashion School continues to inspire and create resourceful fashion leaders in the industry.

Media Contact:

Carissa Van Dyke
Public Relations Coordinator, FS²


POSTED: Tuesday, March 14, 2017 - 2:11pm
UPDATED: Thursday, April 27, 2017 - 2:50pm
Carissa Van Dyke