Cleveland, OH

Runway Fashion Shows you can sew! Take a break from shopping and get a look at dozens of fashions while live models walk the runway on the Expo Stage. FREE with your General Admission ticket.


Ursuline College Fashion Show  

Metallic in Celebration

Apparel, it has been said, is a vehicle for personal expression, and has long reflected the political, economic, and spirit of the times of society during a particular period. This year Ursuline College students, from beginners to the most advanced, have put together a glorious fashion show, using as their inspiration garments from the 1970s and 1980s, when gold and silver metallic fashions were popular. See this spectacular fashion show of original and non-traditional designs at the Expo! Thursday at 12:00pm on the Expo Stage

The Inspiration:
Ursuline Historic Costume Study Collection contains almost 4,000 twenty-first century pieces, including designs from Bob Mackie, Adele Simpson, Bill Blass, Pauline Trigeré, Adolfo, Escada, Christian Dior, Pamela Dennis and Oscar de la Renta, to name a few. This year, inspiration for the fashion show came from the gold and silver metallic fashions which were popular in the 1970s and 1980s. These elegant metallic fashions can be found in Collections and Museums around the world. Each thread is wrapped in gold or silver before it is woven into lamé fabric, then cut to design--thus creating the beautiful fashion you will see in on the runway. Metallic can be mixed with lace and other fabrics to create beautiful fashion.


The Backstory:

Ursuline College fashion program students utilized the skills they learned from coursework in apparel construction, draping, and flat pattern classes to create their outfits seen on the runway. Both merchandising and fashion design students start their studies with courses in apparel construction, which are taught by Mrs. Jennifer Knaus, Instructor. Design majors continue in Mrs. Knaus’s patternmaking fundamentals, draping, and flat pattern courses…all while learning to design, fit and construct garments to a customer. In this show, you will see work from the beginner sewer who has altered commercial patterns to the advanced students who have draped their original design on a Wolf dress form. New this year, at Ursuline College, is the course in 3-D printing. Ms. Anne-Marie Gurko, Adjunct Faculty teaches how to create accessories on the 3-D printer and fashion show production.

BurdaStyle Fashion Show

Meg Healy of BurdaStyle 
An on-trend, sometimes edgy, always fashionable collection of nearly 50 looks you can sew, direct from the Burda home offices in Germany. BurdaStyle magazine comes to life before your eyes, with models, including a plus-size model, wearing these fashion-forward garments. The best part: you are able to recreate all of the styles showcased, since they are sewn using BurdaStyle patterns. If you are looking for fashion inspiration, don’t miss out! Friday at 12:00pm on the Expo Stage  


Wear Your BurdaStyle!
Friday is Wear Your BurdaSyle Day at the EXPO! Stop by the BurdaStyle booth to meet Meg Healy, BurdaStyle’s online sewing editorial director and instructor, and collect a special gift for ‘wearing your BurdaStyle’. 


Epic Cosplay Costumes Fashion Show

Kristie Good

Meet award winning artist Kristie Good (aka Karmada), author of Epic Cosplay Costumes, the ultimate guide to making and sewing your own costume designs. Meet her Saturday at the Expo, when she signs her book and commentates the Cosplay Costume Fashion Runway Show. She’ll share insider tips for creating your own designs, from hand-sewn garments to armor made with Worbla and EVA foam, and answer questions from the audience.  Saturday at 12:00pm on the Expo Stage  

Wear Your Cosplay!
If you’re a maker, wear your own Cosplay design and get FREE General Admission to the Expo on Saturday. Whether you’re a hero, heroine, villain or side-kick, come strut your stuff, have your picture taken with Kristie and enjoy a bit of Cosplay fun. You might even get a chance to walk the runway during the fashion show! A selection of Kristie's cosplay costumes will also be on display throughout the Expo.

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