Without End-of-Year School Fashion Shows, How Are Design Graduates Showcasing Their Work?

Finishing thesis collections and showcasing them from quarantine has created both challenges and opportunities for fashion school grads.

Michelle Hill, a B.F.A. Accessory Design graduate at SCAD, presents her final collection digitally.
Michelle Hill, a B.F.A. Accessory Design graduate at SCAD, presents her final collection digitally.

While marquee-name designers are still trying figure out if and how they’ll approach Spring 2021 fashion shows come September, a different group of designers has already been forced to navigate this challenge, and without much time to prepare.

Typically, May is when prominent design schools hold runway events — sometimes doubling as fundraisers — where at least a selection of graduating students get to showcase their work. They might also get their garments judged in-person by faculty and/or a jury of industry professionals. Potential employers can be among the audience members. 

For many graduating students, these runway shows represent everything they’ve been working toward throughout their undergraduate and graduate careers. They enter fashion school as freshmen or first-year

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How Fashion Designer and Models Are Spending Time at Home

In times like these, it can be difficult to have hope. But hope fuels optimism, and optimism fuels action, and action is what we’ll need to reset, rebuild, and reimagine the world as we emerge from this pandemic.

To kick off our own season of hope, we asked the Bazaar community to talk to us about all of the reasons they’ve found to be hopeful right now: from things they’ve uncovered or rediscovered in quarantine; to the new ideas and priorities they’re embracing; to what they’re doing, making, planning, and dreaming as we look forward to a day when we can all once again be together.

To some, the last two months have been about getting back to basics and what really matters; to others, it has been a period of reflection. But if there is a common theme in the responses we received, it is this: that hope isn’t

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