Kent State Fashion School Produces 34th Annual Fashion Show

Photo from Kent State Fashion School's Fashion ShowTickets go on sale March 28

The Fashion School at Kent State University will present the Fashion School’s Annual Fashion Show, “FS²: Crescendo,” on Friday, April 29, and Saturday, April 30. The show, which highlights the outstanding talents of the Fashion School’s design and merchandising students, will be held at Rockwell Hall, located at 515 Hilltop Drive in Kent, Ohio. Saturday’s performance also will mark the induction of designer and business leader Josie Natori into the Fashion School 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. Kent State fashion merchandising students are responsible for planning and organizing the two-day event.

Tickets for the Friday 1 p.m. matinee are $25. Tickets for the Friday 7 p.m. awards show, priced at $50, are available to students for $25 with valid ID (one ticket per student ID; offer not available online). Tickets for the Friday matinee and awards show go on sale Monday, March 28. 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 at 1325 Theatre Drive in Kent and may be reached at 330- 672-2787. The box office accepts Visa, MasterCard, Discover, personal checks and cash.

Sponsor/VIP Show and Hall of Fame Induction

Attendees of the annual fashion show’s sponsor/VIP show the evening of Saturday, April 30, will have the opportunity to meet Hall of Fame inductee Natori during a special VIP reception. The $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; one 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.

Josie Natori Lecture

Natori also will give a free lecture open to the public prior to the Friday matinee. The lecture will take place Friday, April 29, at 11 a.m. in the auditorium of Rockwell Hall. 

About Kent State University’s 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 been named a “Center of Excellence” by the Ohio Board of Regents. Under the direction of J.R. Campbell and the instruction of the school’s dedicated faculty and staff, the school is consistently ranked as one of 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 experiences. The Fashion School continues to inspire and create resourceful fashion leaders in the industry. For more information about Kent State’s Fashion school, visit

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Photo Caption:
A Kent State University student’s collection is shown during the 2015 Kent State Fashion School’s Fashion Show in Rockwell Hall. The collection is called “Compleat” by Lisa Conrad, who was a senior last year.

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POSTED: Wednesday, March 23, 2016 02:52 PM
Updated: Sunday, January 29, 2023 08:26 PM
Kathryn Reaven