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 UofSC Fashion Board put her words into action each spring with UofSC Fashion Week.
The week-long event is open to the public and includes career development, networking, social events and the main Fashion Show event. The show includes a Student Designer Showcase that gives budding designers a chance to show off their fashion design skills. Partnerships with retail businesses are a big part of Fashion Week, and they take center stage as local boutiques and leading retailers put their spring collections on display (with help from student models) during the Finale Show.
USC Fashion Week 2019
Schedule of Events:
Monday, Feb. 25
Career Networking with Intern Queen Founder Lauren Berger
One of the world’s most renowned networking experts, Lauren Berger is a champion for young ambitious people fighting their way to the top. She founded Intern Queen in 2009 as a personalized way for young people to connect with the internships and career opportunities of their dreams. Today, she runs both internqueen.com and the big-sister site for the brand, careerqueen.com. She also founded and oversees the IQ Campus Marketing Agency which helps connect brands with the ambitious network of young people using her platforms.
Berger has been featured on The Today Show, Fox & Friends, the Marie Osmond Show, in the New York Times, Seventeen Magazine, and more. All UofSC students are welcome for her appearance on campus. She will offer expert advice on internships, job hunting, writing cover letters, entrepreneurship, time management and personal branding, and copes of her latest book will be available.
Location: School of Journalism and Mass Communication, Room 106
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Tuesday, Feb. 26
Cotton Road documentary screening and filmmaker chat
Americans consume nearly twenty billion new items of clothing each year, and at least one billion of them are made in China. Cotton Road uncovers the transnational movement of cotton and tells the stories of worker's lives in a conventional cotton supply chain. From rural farms in South Carolina to factory cities in China, we span the globe to encounter the industrial processes behind our rapacious consumption of cheap clothing and textile products.
The documentary, which directly touches on the fashion industry, will be shown at McKissick Museum. All students are welcome, but seating is limited. Laura Kissel, director and producer of the documentary, will attend and be available for questions after the film.
Location: McKissick Museum
Time: 7 p.m.
Wednesday, Feb. 27
Fashion Board x Belk: Spring in Bloom Fashion Show
Student Designer Showcase
UofSC Fashion Week concludes with a grand finale at 701 Whaley. The doors open at 6 p.m., with UofSC students admitted free. The public is invited to attend, and admission for non-students is $5.
Brand new spring collections from Belk, Wildflower Boutique, Dakotas Boutique, Vestique Columbia, fab'rik, and Fame and Partners will be for sale before and after the runway show, which begins at 7 p.m. The runway models will all be UofSC students, selected by Fashion Board members at an open casting call.
UofSC students will also show their talents in the Student Designer Showcase, which can in itself jump-start a career. Last year after the show, a representative of world-renowned designer Mac Duggal contacted winner Alex Kunkle and invited her to apply for a design assistant position with the Duggal team in Chicago. She was hired not long after.
Locations: 701 Whaley
Time: doors at 6 p.m. show begins at 7 p.m.
About Fashion Board
Fashion Board at USC is a student organization committed to helping its members achieve both personal and professional growth in the fashion, beauty and retail industries. Through various philanthropic events and industry collaborations, the Board strives to give members real-world experience in event planning, styling, visual merchandising, public relations and other disciplines.
Sponsored by the Department of Retailing and College of Hospitality, Retail and Sport Management, Fashion Board is open to students from any major. Learn more about how to join USC Fashion Board now.