Kanbar College of Design, Engineering and Commerce

Show and Competition Highlights

In addition to the Annual Fashion Industries Association Fashion Show at the Academy of Music and the Design X fashion show, PhilaU fashion design students regularly compete in local and national fashion competitions, collaborate with other programs on campus on real-world design solutions and frequently show their work at venues in and around Philadelphia.

The Plaidmania: From Royal to Renegade exhibit showcased striking plaid designs by PhilaU fashion design students and alumni. The exhibited explored the traditional use of tartans for identification of Scottish Highlands clansmen to the rebellious juxtaposition of modern pattern and form.

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QVC Collaborative "MomMe" Project
Fashion Design students collaborated with students from four other programs to design, produce and present lines of coordinated mother-child apparel to QVC executives in December 2010. "MomMe," was designed to meet an untapped market for QVC and challenged students to come up with designs at the right price point that the company could potentially manufacture and sell on-air to its customer base.

To read more about the project, click here.

International Flower Show Showcase
People from around the world flock to the international flower show held annually in Philadelphia. As an exciting exhibit of fashion-inspired floral arrangements, "Haute Couture" featured fashion design work from Philadelphia University students alongside coordinating floral arrangements for this year's "Springtime in Paris" theme.
For this exhibit, the PhilaU work was the inspirational element for the floral arrangements and show designer Sam Lemheney expressed his confidence in the PhilaU student work saying that "These are some of the best fashion students in the country."

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Red Dress Competition
To promote heart health, the American Heart Association partners with Philadelphia University to hold an annual competition as part of the Go Red for Women Campaign. This past year's show was held at Trust in Center City Philadelphia and NBC10 meteorologist and 10! Show host, Bill Henley, served as the commentator for the evening.

Christina Brzozowski won first place in 2011. Caitlin Quirk won the second-place and popular-choice awards, and Kim DiPrete took the third-place prize at the event. The winning dresses were displayed at the Go Red for Women Luncheon on May 20th and in the Center City Macy's Go Red window from May 23 to 27.

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Project Capucci Design Competition
Fashion design students from Philadelphia University and other area programs presented designs inspired by the work of influential Italian designer Roberto Capucci, who's colorful and sculptural fashions were the focus of a major Art Museum exhibition.

Fashion merchandising student Andrew Van Sant '11, Fashion Industries Association 2010-11 president, produced the student fashion show. Fashion design majors Caitlin Quirk '12 and Kaitlin Waligorski '12 took second- and third-place honors, respectively, for their smashing Capucci-inspired designs at the April 1, 2011 event. The Italian consulate provided cash prizes and the winners received the Heart of Philadelphia pendant from the LAGOS jewelry collection.

To read more about the project, click here.

PhilaU Fashion Students will Showcase Designs at the Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts Runway Show
Philadelphia University fashion designers exhibited their work on the runway at the Philadelphia International Festival for the Arts fashion competition on April 8th alongside professional designers Carmelita Martell, Sarah Van Aken, Jaames Nelson, Katie Ermilio, Bela Shehu, Kristin Haskins-Simms, Priscilla Costa, Janice Martin and Melanie Brandon.

Fashion designer Ralph Rucci received the Visionary Award for Fashion and judged the student competition at the event, which also included student work from Drexel University, Moore College of Art and Design, the Art Institute of Philadelphia and the University of Delaware.