Media Advisory: Washington University Fashion Design Show

87th annual show comes to Missouri History Museum Sunday

Sheridan Young (left) and Maggie Hennessey of Centro Models wear designs by senior Priyanka Reddy. (Photo: James Byard/Washington University)
Sheridan Young (left) and Maggie Hennessey of Centro Models wear designs by senior Priyanka Reddy. (Photo: James Byard/Washington University)

What: 87th annual Washington University Fashion Design Show

When: 7 p.m. Sunday, April 24

Where: Missouri History Museum, Forest Park

Who: Show director Jennifer Ingram, lecturer in fashion in the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts, and students from the fashion program

The Washington University Fashion Design Show dates back to 1929, when Irving L. Sorger — merchandise manager for Kline’s, a tony St. Louis department store — organized a show of student work for local garment manufacturers.  Eight dresses were selected for production, sales surpassed all expectations, and juniors’ fashions became a staple of the city’s burgeoning garment industry.

In 1941, Washington University became home to what is believed to be the nation’s first four-year, degree-granting fashion program. Alumni over the years have included major designers such as Paula Varsalona and Carolyn Roehm. Recent graduates have worked for major fashion houses and clothing retailers, including Ralph Lauren, Tommy Hilfiger, Calvin Klein, Christian Dior, Nanette Lepore, Lilly Pulitzer, Nike, Kate Spade and Fitigues.

More information about the 87th Fashion Design Show

More information about the Fashion Design Program

To arrange an interview either day-of of prior to the event, contact Liam Otten at 314-935-8494 (w), 314-874-6331 (c) or

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