Those who want to see exceptional feats of fashion and energetic apparel design are invited to experience The Fashion Event - Auburn University’s premier fashion showcase featuring creations by the next generation of fashion designers and merchandisers. The annual Fashion Event, cosponsored by the College of Human Sciences Department of Consumer and Design Sciences (CADS) and the Auburn Apparel Merchandising and Design Association (AMDA), is one of the top college-level productions in the nation. Every garment presented is designed, created, and styled by students and reflects Auburn’s Apparel Merchandising and Design programs’ consistent national rankings.

The highly anticipated, student-run event is held every Spring and showcases an array of CADS’ student work including visual merchandising vignettes, e-portfolio exhibits, interior design displays and, of course, a runway show. World-famous DJ CoCo (Andrew Thorp) – who has provided the music for high fashion runway shows in New York, Paris, Milan and London – attends every year.

2021 marked the 10th anniversary of the Fashion Event! Back in 2011, the event was founded by the newly formed AMDA and planned with a budget of only $300. Since then, attendance nears 1000 and it has become widely known as Auburn’s premier creative showcase of student work, connecting apparel students with the industry’s best internships and job placements. All designs are featured in The Fashion Event Look Book, which is available online for public viewing during the premiere and available for order at The Fashion Event website. The look book was a new feature in 2021 in Fashion Event history, a magazine-style guide to that year’s designers, their designs, and deeper meanings of the emergent theme.

Because of the commitment and creativity of our apparel students, The Fashion Event has become a highly anticipated, annual showcase of the fashion-forward work of future industry leaders. Selected students participate in an elective, three-credit hour course that spans two semesters and requires innumerable hours of out-of-classroom work to plan The Fashion Event each year.

Students interested in participating in The Fashion Event Planning class must complete a selective application process where they describe the skills and abilities that would make them a valuable addition to the planning team. The students are then divided into working groups tasked with decorating, creative design, public relations/social media, modeling, styling, lookbook, and media for the event.

Year after year, students have said The Fashion Event is an invaluable experience for aspiring apparel designers and merchandisers, offering them the opportunity to learn the ins and outs of a design show before they even graduate.