Tickets sell out immediately every year (some students couldn't even get them in time), and I felt pretty lucky to be one of a few fashion journalists whom SCAD was nice enough to fly down for the event and a tour of the school.
Out of about 200 graduating students, only about 35 were chosen to participate. Two to four looks from each of their collections--which they'd spent many sleepless nights slaving over--were selected by a jury of industry professionals and the dean and chair of the fashion department for the show. The cast of models, made up primarily of students, had received walking instructions by none other than Miss J--yes that Miss J--and thus could have easily fooled us into thinking they were the real thing.
A combination of clear talent and show-stopping statement looks held our attention throughout the 40 minute show. The show featured everything from stunning and well-constructed eveningwear, to colorfully embroidered daywear, to avant-garde menswear, to totally adorable childrenswear. Some looks were over-the-top and unwearable, while others had true commercial appeal. In all cases, you could tell the work came out of some talented, proud, hard-working kids.
The show ended with an array of unforgettable (if utterly impractical) glow-in-the-dark looks followed by a standing ovation and a full-on outdoor block party which a little rain failed to put a damper on.
There were a few collections that stood out from the rest in our eyes--designers whose names we may not have seen the last of on the stage of SCAD's Trustees Theater. Click through to find out who they are.