Each year the fashion design students at Kent State create their final collections. Upon further critique by industry professionals, the best collections are chosen and shown in the annual spring fashion show produced by the fashion show management and production teams. This year, 25 designers will have the opportunity to show their collections at the fashion show.
During the fashion show, the Fashion School also recognizes an industry professional for the Fashion School’s Hall of Fame. This year, the Fashion School inducts American Fashion Designer Yeohlee Teng into its Fashion School Hall of Fame. Yeohlee Teng moved to New York from Malaysia to study fashion at the Parsons School of Design. She has worked primarily in New York City and established her own house, YEOHLEE inc. in 1981. Yeohlee believes that “clothes have magic.” She dresses the “urban nomad”, a term she coined for her Fall 1997 collection, defining a lifestyle that requires clothing that works on a variety of practical and psychological levels. She is a master of design management and believes in the efficiency of year-round, seasonless clothes. Yeohlee’s designs have earned a permanent place in the Costume Collection at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, where the late Richard Martin, then Chief Curator, called her “one of the most ingenious makers of clothing today. “Some design moguls previously inducted include Dana Buchman, Leonardo Ferragamo, Judith Lieber, Oscar de la Renta, just to name a few.
The Fashion School at Kent State University was created at Kent State University in 1983 and in twenty-eight years has grown to become one of the strongest fashion schools in the U.S.