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USC Fashion Week

Founded in 2008, the annual week of events organized by the student organization draws attention and visitors from all over South Carolina and beyond. Details change each year, but the two main attractions remain: the Student Designer Showcase and the Fashion Week Finale Show.

Famed designer Coco Chanel said, “Fashion is not something that exists in dresses only. Fashion is in the sky, in the street. Fashion has to do with ideas, the way we live, what is happening.” The members of the University of South Carolina’s Fashion Board put her words into action each spring with UofSC Fashion Week.

The Student Designer Showcase, open to all UofSC students, gives budding designers a chance to show off their skills. Partnerships with local businesses are a big part of Fashion Week, and they take center stage as boutiques and other retailers put their spring collections on display (with help from student models) at the Finale Show.


USC Fashion Week 2018

Schedule of Events:

Friday, March 23

Boutique Crawl

Boutique Crawl

Join Fashion Board to shop the retailers that will be featured on the runway at the USC Fashion Week Finale Show! Some retailers will be providing discounts and Fashion Board will provide a fabulous prize for the winner of our social media giveaway. To enter the giveaway, you must post a photo of an item you bought during the event and tag @fashionboardusc. The prize will be a Kendra Scott necklace of $250 value!

Locations: Downtown Columbia participating Finale Show retailers— Bohemian, Entourage, Granger Owings, Just The Thing, Vestique and Wildflower

Time: 11 a.m.–6 p.m.

Saturday, March 24

Midlands Heart Walk

Midlands Heart Walk*

Join Fashion Board & Team HRSM for the 20th Anniversary of the American Heart Association’s Midlands Heart Walk (there is no cost to register and participate).

Location: Colonial Life Arena Intramural Field

Time: Heart Walk Expo begins at 8:00 a.m.; Walk begins at 9:30 a.m.

*Pre-registration required and available here.
University of South Carolina—Team HRSM (Coach Erica Elbery)

Monday, March 26

Fashion Week Kickoff

Fashion Week Kickoff

Join Fashion Board in the heart of campus to celebrate our 11th Annual Fashion Week. Stop by for coffee or tea, snacks, and freebies galore!

Location: Greene Street/Russell House University Union

Time: 11 a.m.–2 p.m.

Wednesday, March 28

Student Designer Showcase

Student Designer Showcase*

View original designs, shop the student vendor tables, and enjoy light refreshments as UofSC’s own designers present their collections to a panel of judges on the runway in a live mannequin format. Judges include Department Chair Dr. Mark Rosenbaum, Miss South Carolina Suzi Roberts, America's Next Top Model alumna Bianca Chardei and former Fashion Board President and Miss Universe stylist Marquis Bias.

Location: 701 Whaley

Time: Doors open at 6 p.m.; Showcase begins at 7 p.m.

*Admission for this event is free with your Carolina Card or $5 at the door (cash, check and credit accepted). All proceeds from ticket sales will go to the American Heart Association.

Thursday, March 29

Fashion Career Networking with Marquis Bias

Finale Show & Silent Auction

Fashion Career Networking with Marquis Bias

All USC students are welcome to drop in anytime from 10– 10:45 a.m. for complimentary coffee and a chance to network with Marquis. At 10:45 a.m., Marquis will give a short presentation about his career in fashion. 

About Marquis Bias:
Marquis Bias works in New York City as a freelance fashion stylist and personal shopper and is also a fashion stylist for the Miss Universe organization. His fashion career experience includes America’s Got Talent (wardrobe assistant), Law Roach Styles (assistant celebrity stylist), Joe Fresh (visual merchandising associate) and Interview Magazine (freelance fashion assistant). He has additional experience working with Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, Nordstrom and Coach. Marquis earned a B.S. in Retailing with a concentration in Fashion Merchandising from the University of South Carolina, and he is coming back to campus as a guest judge for USC Fashion Week 2018.

Location: Carolina Coliseum,  Room 2015

Time: 10–11 a.m.

Finale Show & Silent Auction*

Featuring local boutiques and retailers from the Columbia area, this runway show consists of the latest spring collections modeled by UofSC students. With light refreshments, a silent auction full of items from local retailers, scholarship announcements, and special guests, our main event will be one for the books.

Location: 701 Whaley

Time: Doors open at 6 p.m.; Runway show begins at 7 p.m.

*Admission for this event is free with your Carolina Card or $5 at the door (cash, check and credit accepted). All proceeds from ticket sales will go to the American Heart Association.

Fashion Board at USC is committed to helping its members achieve both personal and professional growth in the fashion, beauty and retail industries. through various philanthropic events as well as collaborations with local retailers and national industry personnel of note, the Board strives to give members real world experience as well as education in event organization, styling, visual merchandising and public relations as well as various other disciplines.

Sponsored by the Department of Retailing, College of Hospitality, Retail and Sport Management, Fashion Board is open to students from any major. Join now.