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Columbia’s Fashion Studies Department holds a commanding presence in Chicago’s fashion scene. We host a variety of events throughout the academic year highlighting student work from the fashion business and fashion design programs. We also partner with top industry professionals for exciting events, runway shows and competitions. Leveraging our faculty’s active participation in the fashion industry, our students benefit from events sponsored by Columbia as well as a diverse array of opportunities reaching beyond the campus.

Global Design Challenge on Three Continents

Fifty Columbia students collaborated with design students from Salford University in Manchester, UK and RMIT in Melbourne, Australia.  Inspired by words like LOVE, LABYRINTHINE, PEACE, and ASSEMBLAGE the international student teams designed and created innovative shapes and silhouettes in an intense six-hour studio session. Check out some of the work here and on Instagram #6hrfashion.



LAUNCH BRINGS TOGETHER the talents of fashion business, fashion design
and fashion photography students to present their work through a
multimedia exhibit including runway shows and visual presentations of
student work and the production process.
THE 2013 LAUNCH FASHION SHOW presents the work of all graduating fashion
design students in Stage Two along with live informal modeling following
the show. The work of graduating fashion business and fashion photography
students will be showcased in the Arcade.
All events will be held on Friday, May 17, 2013, on the second floor of
618 S. Michigan Ave. with runway shows at 2 p.m., 4 p.m. and 6 p.m.  The
runway shows are invitation only with live feeds of the shows in the 1st
and 2nd floor lobbies open to the public.

 Ashley Reed

Jennifer Schuman, Horizon Photography

2013 designers

Jennifer Schuman, Horizon Photography

Autohaus on Edens partnered with Columbia College Chicago's Fashion Studies Department to host a competition to support emerging designers. The senior fashion design students participated by bringing two looks from their collection to walk in the runway show and be judged by a panel of judges. Columbia senior Ashley Reed won the $5,000 scholarship courtesy of Autohaus on Edens to put toward a semester in school or launching her own collection. According to Ashley, “The LAUNCH: Driving Fashion Forward was the beginning of my career.” New this year was the People’s Choice prize package that went to senior Trianna Majalca. She won the opportunity to work with Make It Better’s fashion editorial team on a future fashion spread.