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Runway Respect

OSU fashion designers pay homage to innovators who inspired their creations.

As we segway into the fourth month of the new year and into the spring and summer seasons, the weather isn’t the only thing that changes. How about our clothing? After witnessing the many launches of Spring and Summer 18 fashion shows in fashion weeks all over the globe, there is still one very important show that has yet to make its annual debut: the OSU Fashion Production Association’s design show.

This year’s show, titled The Age of Innovation, explores about 20 different collections all paying tribute to local Columbus innovators. The designers were tasked with incorporating the Columbus community somehow while simultaneously paying homage to an innovator who inspired their design. The student organization is set to produce a show that is sure to wow spectators. We sat down with the co-directors as well as the co-president of this year’s fashion show from FPA to get the inside scoop on all things fashion and design!

Shelby Kitchin • Co-Director of Design

Photo provided by the OSU FPA.

Tell us about your collection. 

I was inspired by an art exhibition by the Columbus Museum of Art last spring. It was actually an exhibition from Ruben and Isabel Toledo. They are a couple and she is a fashion designer and he is a visual artist. They are inspired off of one another, and I was inspired by their intersection of art and fashion. I’m actually an art minor and a lot of my designs are rooted in art. I’m doing an all-white collection, I wanted something that gave me the feel of being in an art gallery, and it has some pops of this printed textile that I designed myself on photoshop and printed. A lot of my collection has a biological influence cause that’s actually my major, so I’m pretty excited.

Can you expand on the biological influence? 

The custom textile that I made for the background is an image from a microscope slide. It’s very subtle, you wouldn’t know it if you looked right at it. Ruben and Isabel also use hints of biology in a lot of their stuff as well which is how I tied it in. One of my garments looks like a ribcage, so more anatomy influence in the collection. My collection is titled “Morphology”, and that word is used a lot in biology to describe the anatomy of everything, like animals, insects, just how things are put together. That word is inclusive to my role as a designer because I think of how I put my clothes together, the patterns, and how it would fit onto a person, so that is how I came up with the title of my collection.

Katarina Goodge • Co-Director of Design

Photo provided by the OSU FPA.

Tell us about your collection.

My collection is titled Regulation L85, which refers to the regulation issued by the War Production Board during WW2. It consisted of restrictions on drastic style changes, colors choices, and every single measurement of clothing items as a way to ration resources for the war effort. The reason I make this historical reference is because my innovator, my late great grandmother, Bertha Goodge, lived through these restrictions. She grew up during the Great Depression, married and started a family during WW2, and raised five children. She taught me to crochet when I was 11 and showed me how she carried with her the life lessons she learned by living through times that forced frugality. She saved every scrap of fabric; made projects such as crazy quilts and beer-can hats. She was a teacher and an inspiration to me. Now with the modern day environmental crises, I see them as merely new design challenges in which I can creatively use her scarcity strategies. I am designing an individual collection with four menswear outfits. The collection consists of either knitted or crocheted garments that are either androgynous or slightly feminine.

What has been the most rewarding part of the process?

The actual making of the garment. I love sinking hours into a design, adding more and more layers of complexity, and then stepping away to see how the overall garment turned out. The details are my favorite because I put a lot of thought into every detail while I am building each garment. Outside observers may not notice these subtleties, but I know they’re there and that makes me happy. My design aesthetic is to use unconventional materials such as plastic grocery bags and make garments where you can’t tell they are made from plastic bags until you are right up in front of them.

Marti Vandra • Co-President

Photo provided by the OSU FPA.

As co-president of the group, how does your role differ from other members?

My role differs from other members of the organization by the amount of additional tasks I uphold. As co-president, I oversee all of the functions of the organization. The organization is split up into two sides, design and production. I oversee all of the executive and chair positions and make sure that tasks are being done and deadlines are being made. I run the executive meetings, general body meetings and am head of the Fashion Week committee. I do hold a higher expectation for my own work in my leadership role. I ultimately have a passion to see successful results with anything that I set my heart to, therefore I set high goals for myself and strive to attain them each week. I’ve always enjoyed taking on challenges and getting creative, which is why it has been an honor and a blast thus far in my position as co-president.

How has your experience with the OSU FPA Fashion Show been?

I would describe my experience as life-changing, and I really do mean that. Preparing for the show was truly an all-day event. From models perfecting make-up and hair to the last rehearsal several hours before the show to setting up the stage and the venue to both designers and models alike making sure their garments and clothes are in tip top condition for the runway, alongside other tedious tasks done the day of the show. Quite honestly, my first experience with the design show was what got me hooked to stay apart of the organization for the rest of my college years. I was fortunate enough to be a model for two years in a row and I wouldn’t trade that experience for the world. The moment when the room went dark, the music turned on, and the models walked out from behind the wall, I felt so accomplished. From that day on, I knew for a fact that I was going to work in the retail industry for the rest of my life. I still remember till this day, the feeling of pure happiness and ambition from my first experience of being apart of the design show. It’s honestly a feeling that I won’t ever forget and I can only thank this student organization for opening my eyes to my dream career and passion.

The Ohio State University Fashion Production Association offers a course (CONSCI 4990 | Practicum in Consumer Sciences) for anyone looking to join in on the annual production! For more information, check out their Facebook or Instagram (@frpaatosu) page.

Eyon Ertachew

Eyon Ertachew


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