Opinion: Get your fashion on



Melissa Schwachenwald

Melissa Schwachenwald

Melissa Schwachenwald is a senior fine arts major and columnist for the Daily Kent Stater. Contact her at [email protected]

Living in Verder Hall during my second year at Kent State revealed a community of artists and designers. An opportunity to acquire an art studio space in the building led to the discovery of the fashion studio. Sewing machines, fabric, sketchbooks and dress forms were scattered throughout the room with fashion majors utilizing them.

I’d finish my projects and leave the studio, saying goodbye to the fashion design majors still drawing and pattern-making. These ambitious people taught me how to pull all-nighters, confidently walk on a runway, and how fashion is more than clothes; it’s a lifestyle about self-expression and art.

Cate Rinto is a senior fashion design major I met in Verder, where I had the chance to see her designs evolve.

After modeling and attending various fashion shows, I realized all of the hard work and dedication the fashion majors put forth that earns their high reputation at Kent State and internationally. Recently, the seniors had a successful fashion show displaying their final collection.

The anticipated Kent Fashion Week began April 26 and will continue Friday and Saturday at 157 Lounge located downtown on South Water Street. The free admission is a second chance for the public to see the senior’s fashion collections they have passionately worked on for more than a year.

“Rather than the classic runway approach, the gallery inspired presentation will exhibit models on platforms wearing the garments,” Rinto explained.

The presentation will start at 6 p.m.; each designer has a time slot with two designers every 30 minutes until 10 p.m.

“I’m excited because it is an event extended off campus so the Kent community can have a close view of the collection,” stated model Paul Szelter.

157 Lounge has been really generous with the student-organized affair along with other helpful local businesses. Blondie Salon was supposed to do hair and makeup but backed out; after a frantic scramble, the Twinsburg Paul Mitchell School saved the day.

All Media Art Supply donated posters and advertising; Bent Tree Coffee allowed a bake sale that raised more than $300; Dustin Franz contributed his professional photography; and Kent’s School of Theatre and Dance donated the display platforms.

157 Lounge is also holding a dinner Saturday for the faculty prior to the concluding presentations. Brian Dages of DiamondGirls will be DJing and providing upbeat music; I highly recommend attending Kent Fashion Week for a free and enjoyable evening!