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Local grads in Cincy show tonight, Friday

Graduates of Troy, Beavercreek, Springboro, Bellbrook, Urbana, Fairborn involved in UC’s DAAP fashion show

University of Cincinnati fashion professor Margie Voelker-Ferrier’ says there’s a reason her department puts so many resources and so much effort into its DAAPworks Annual Fashion Show.

The show not only represents the University of Cincinnati’s fashion design program and its student designers, but also the graduates that preceeded them.

On the advice of Stan Herman, then president of the Council of Fashion Designers of America,

“The value of the degree “goes up for every student no mater if you graduated in 1930 or 2014,” Voelker-Ferrier said. “People will measure against that.”

UC’s College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning (DAAP) upped its game in the 1990s and began using paid models as well as professional lighting and choreography.

About ten UC seniors from the Dayton area will have there work showcased in the 63rd annual fashion event featuring 300 garments from 60 students.

It is set to start 7:30 p.m. Friday at the University of Cincinnati Campus Recreation Center, 2600 Clifton Ave. in Cincinnati.

Tickets range from $40 to $150. They can be purchased by phone at (513) 477-3712 or online at

Thursday’s 8 p.m. dress rehearsal is open to the public for a $10 admission.

UC senior Michelle Pappas recalled excitingly watching the fashion show as a freshman.

Now it is time for her class to shine.

“I have a lot of pride that I am showcasing everything I have learned in school,” the 2009 Troy High School graduate said. “My piece is a big part of who I am.”

Shayna Arnold's collection was inspired by the beach cultured she witnessed in Sydney, Australia, where she worked for designer Dion Lee as part of UC’s renowned cooperative education program.

Arnold was ready for the show and for graduation Saturday.

“It is really important to be able to showcase your own individuality as a designer,” the Beavercreek High School grad said.

Laurie Wilson, the show's director the past 16 years and an associate director of non-academic program at UC, said fashions will range from concept garments to wedding gowns to kid’s clothes to Lucy Ball-inspired pieces to aerial performers costumes to clothing for dogs — plus size and tiny pooches alike.

“We are going to have dogs on the runways,” she said. “The clothing diversity in the senor show is vast.”

Macy’s sponsors the show which will be live streamed at

It is always new. It is always fresh,” Wilson said.

The following Dayton area UC students will also participate in the show:

  • Kaley Madden of Springfield collection, “Trance/Shaman,” is made of eight outfits with about six layers each.
  • Ryan Bartoo of Beavercreek’s “Brave New World” collection is inspired by dystopian themes like government surveillance and behavior conditioning.
  • Jennifer Wilke of Springboro’s project description was not readily available.

  • Calle Evans of Urbana’s eight ensembles collection is inspired by the crime novel “Ice Princess” by Swedish author Camilla Lackberg and by the painting “Le Jeune Martyr” by Paul Delaroce.
  • Molly Hunsaker of Beavercreek’s thesis project is an art gallery and boutique called Belle Époque. Her 14 piece lingerie line is inspired by artist Cody Gunningham, a Springboro native.
  • Caitlin Stahl of Bellbrook’s project description was not readily available.
  • Hailey Nelson of Fairborn’s collection is titled “Hide + Seek” and is for children with sensory processing disorders.

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