The USC Fashion Industry Association will host their annual fashion runway event, the Spring Fashion Show, on April 30, after a two-year hiatus.
The Spring Fashion Show will feature student designers and models, Los Angeles based designers and brands, as well as designers from the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising (FIDM).
The event will include vendors, live music performances, and photo opportunities in addition to the live, interactive runway show. Additionally, there will be a gently-used clothing drive in partnership with the USC Student Coalition Against Labor Exploitation.
Tobi Ogunyankin, a junior majoring in Business Administration and the president of FIA, said he was inspired to put on this event to provide a platform for students and local LA designers to showcase their designs.
“It’s very unlikely for [designers] to get a show and get the opportunity to show off their pieces in an actual runway show,” Ogunyankin said. “So we’re really focused on trying to elevate the fashion community at USC and ensuring that they get those opportunities because it can be pretty monumental for some of the designers.”
FIA also provides designers with free exposure, models, jewelry, hair, makeup, as well as guidance on social media and branding.
“I think that’s the main thing that we’re able to provide them. Just kind of a push to get going and have something notable for their brand.” added Sunya Ahmed, FIA’s event director.
One of the featured student designers, Paige Macnguyen, said she’s excited to show her designs at her first-ever fashion show. Before this event, her brand, Paige Alysa Swim, was solely online.
“I started Paige Alysa Swim because I loved to see my drawings come to life and be worn by my friends, so this feels like a very rewarding opportunity,” she added. “I’m most excited to see all the USC and FIDM designers’ pieces in one place and talk to the designers afterwards about how they came up with them.”
Other student brands that will be featured at the event are Amy Kamalani by Amy Narang, Kealey Busch by Kealey Busch, Fay by Sammi Fay, and Isabella Maldia by Isabella Maldia.
In addition to providing a platform for up and coming designers, the fashion show also highlights POC designers who are often excluded from the fashion industry.
“I have a friend who was the president of the Muslim Student Union and I never thought that she would be a designer, but she just was passionately talking about launching a fashion brand,” said Ahmed. “I just told her, ‘you should totally participate in this.’ I think it’s exciting that we’re able to bring someone like her who’s a Muslim Uyghur woman, which we never see in fashion.”
“If you are a lover of fashion and you want to support a bunch of people whose first time it is making garments, are having their pieces shown, are first time models, or if you want to support people with different kinds of backgrounds [then this event is for you],” explained Ahmed.
The fashion show will take place on Saturday at 224 East 11th St Los Angeles, CA 90015 in suite 501. Doors open at 7 P.M. and general admission seating will take place on a first-come first-serve basis, with the show starting at 8 P.M. Proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test is required for this event.
Tickets can be purchased here.
This story was corrected on April 27 to reflect Sunya Ahmed’s accurate title.