Ohio college students create fashion window displays

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Easton Town Center has partnered with Columbus College of Art and Design to add that extra flair.

What do you need to know

  • CCAD students had a month to conceptualize a showcase for the Easton Town Center in Columbus
  • The clothes are made from recycled materials
  • The students worked with professional window artists
  • The displays are outside Santa’s North Pole between Macy’s and the Central Park Fountain
  • They will be on display until January

Mackenzie Daugherty is redefining the idea of ​​gifts under the tree.

“I really enjoy Christmas, so I was really excited to be working on this project,” said Daugherty.

First and second year Fashion Design students had the opportunity of a lifetime this semester, creating showcases for Easton Town Center.

The displays are inspired by what you would see at Saks Fifth Avenue.

The Introduction to Fashion students received the assignment about a month ago. They were divided into groups of four where they had to come up with an idea for an eye-catching showcase.

“They had to work under pressure. It was all about team building and creative thinking. So these are the skills that as a designer you really have to practice and experiment and this was a real life experience for them. ”

The class had a chance to meet professional showcase artists to help bring their ideas to life.

Daugherty created a draped dress with hundreds of small and large gifts that are reminiscent of classic Christmas colors.

Daugherty said learning how to create eye-catching fashion was a great experience.

“I wanted to make a classic Christmas dress but make it fun and exciting,” said Daugherty. “I thought making a dress out of gifts would be something cool that was a classic Christmas thing. We came up with a concept design, then worked with local artists and shop window creators and they helped us refine our ideas, ”said Daugherty.

The clothes are displayed outside Santa’s North Pole at Macy’s.

In contrast to the Daugherty dress, you will see the Audrey Nicolas dress that will make you feel like you are walking in a winter wonderland.

Nicolas was inspired by the movie The Chronicles of Narnia.

Her silver show of a dress is made of pipe cleaners and recycled designer materials.

Nicolas said that sustainability drives many of his creations.

“It’s something I really want to focus on and build on my brand that I want to create,” said Nicolas.

Columbus is home to the third highest concentration of fashion designers in the United States

Nicolas said this project captures the true spirit of Christmas.

“Mainly giving to people who don’t have as many things as other people and just making them feel comfortable in their own skin,” said Nicolas.

You can find student exhibits at Easton Town Center between Macy’s and the Central Park fountain. They will be on display until the beginning of the year.


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