Fashion Columbia 2013… Standing Room Only
An enchanting evening for fashion, familiar faces, and fundraising. VIP guests started the night mingling in the open-air courtyard, enjoying cocktails, lite bits, and a live DJ. The main event, the fashion show, featured 45 student designs, including evening gowns, outerwear and dresses presented in a strobe-lit runway-style format produced by the legendary Neva Ivon.
For the second year of a revamped evening event, the silent and live auctions, ticket sales and corporate sponsorships helped raise $150,000 for student scholarships in the Department of Fashion Studies.
Emcee for the evening was actress and alumna Michelle Alegria, who with the help of Fashion Columbia 2013 chair Susanna Negovan, editor of Splash, presented author and Essence magazine Editor-at-Large Mikki Taylor the Fashion Columbia Visionary Award for her contributions to fashion and style for more than 30 years. The Emerging Alumni Award was presented to alumna (’07) Lauren McKeague owner of Pink Slip Dress Boutique in Mokena, Ill.