Our View: Praise for the Fashion School

DKS Editors

Between complaining about parking services or that crazy midterm your professor just gave you, it’s easy to forget about the incredible programs available at Kent State.

Take, for example, the Kent State Fashion School. If you aren’t a fashion major, it can be easy to forget that our fashion school is hailed as one of the best fashion schools in the country. Runway Magazine ranked Kent State as one of the top 10 fashion colleges, and Fashionista.com named it the third best fashion school in the U.S. and 13th in the world. If that doesn’t impress you, you’re wrong.

In case you missed it, fashion designer Stephen “Suede” Baum visited Kent State this weekend to introduce his new line of fabrics and patterns with a free fashion show in Rockwell Hall. Suede graduated from Kent State in 1993 and rose to prominence in 2008 when he made it to the top five contestants on “Project Runway.” He has worked for many big-name brands, including FUBU Ladies, Polo Jeans Company, Jordache Vintage and even Paris Hilton.

“Tears welled up in my eyes as I realized I was standing in the same spot, as a kid, [I] dreamt of fame and success,” Suede said about having his fashion show at Kent State in a blog post Sunday.

Suede’s visit to his alma mater is a good opportunity to appreciate a school that really put Kent State on the map. Another facet of our fashion school is the enormous fashion museum in Rockwell Hall. The museum houses eight galleries, containing historical and modern pieces from around the world. The Fashion Timeline exhibit, for example, spans two centuries of fashion history accompanied by the major events that were happening at the time. The most recent exhibit, Fandemonium, showcases three centuries of fans while highlighting their functionality as well as their beauty. Admission is free to Kent State students, so, really, you don’t have a reason not to go.

It’s easy for us to get caught up in the daily bustle of going to college, but we want to take the time to acknowledge the achievements of the Fashion School.

The above editorial is the consensus opinion of the Daily Kent Stater.