PhilaU Students Showcase Year’s Best Designs at Annual Fashion Show

Philadelphia University fashion design students wowed a packed crowd at the University’s Annual Fashion Show on April 27 at the Academy of Music, which featured the best of this year’s student designs.

PhilaU honored designer Nicole Miller with the 2013 Spirit of Innovation Award.

Celebrated fashion designer Nicole Miller was honored with the 2013 Philadelphia University Spirit of Design Award before the runway show.   “I feel like I just got the Oscar,” Miller said, holding the crystal award in the air after accepting it from President Spinelli.  “I’m honored to receive it.  Innovation has always been the most important thing to me.”

With a contemporary style that draws on a wide range of influences, Miller’s designs are known for their innovative fabrics, such as her signature stretch metal, as well as her whimsical prints and attention to perfect proportions and fit. Her apparel is sold in boutiques and high-end retailers around the world.

Nicole Miller released a limited edition print featuring iconic images of Philadelphia, including the PhilaU logo.

Earlier that day, Miller introduced a new Philadelphia-inspired print for ties and scarves that prominently features the PhilaU logo as well as other iconic Philadelphia logos and brands.  The new print was rolled out at an invitation-only event at the Nicole Miller boutique at the Bellevue Hotel, where President Stephen Spinelli Jr. traded in his plain back bow-tie for one with the new print.

At the Fashion Show, one of the evening’s top winners was Sarah Fitzgerald, whose collection “borrowed baroque” won the FIA Award for Best Senior Collection and Chico’s Award for Design Excellence.  In addition, her long gown from that collection, featuring a sheer skirt, won the FIA Best of Show and the Frank Augostino Eveningwear Award for Design and Execution.

Sarah Fitzgerald’s “borrowed baroque” designs won the FIA Award for Best Senior Collection.

The Fashion Show, with NBC10’s Bill Henley as emcee and Lori Wilson as commentator, was part of the Verizon Philadelphia University Evening of Innovation. This year’s audience included nearly 2,000 students, family members, faculty, staff, alumni, apparel and fashion industry executives and honorees. The event is the largest fashion show in Philadelphia each year.

Student winners at the 2013 fashion show included:

COATES BROTHERS CLOTHING AWARD
Eco-Fashion: Tamara Yefimenko

CHICO’S AWARD
Design Excellence: Sarah Fitzgerald

DESTINATION MATERNITY AWARD
Excellence in Sportswear Design: Cori Fisher

FASHION INDUSTRIES ASSOCIATION  AWARDS
Best of Show: Sarah Fitzgerald
Best Senior Collection: Sarah Fitzgerald
Best Senior Collection Honorable Mention: Samantha Spangler

FASHION DESIGN FACULTY AWARD
Design Excellence: Cori Fisher

FRANK AGOSTINO AWARD
Eveningwear Award for Excellence in Design and Execution: Sarah Fitzgerald

LYNN WILLIS AWARD
Most Creative: Cori Fisher

N.A.M.S.B. FOUNDATION AWARD, INC.
Joseph Klein Award for Excellence in Menswear Design: Alicia Pinckney

NEIMAN MARCUS AWARD
Most Saleable Collection: Kassie Dyes

NICHOLAS L. PALUMBO AWARD
Outstanding Junior Design: Gabriela Canosa

WHITE HOUSE / BLACK MARKET AWARD
Design Excellence: Samantha Spangler

YOUNG SPIRIT AWARD
Excellence in Childrenswear: Lauren Chronister

President Spinelli showed off his new Nicole Miller bowtie at the Annual Fashion Show.

Other honorees for the evening included Philadelphia University’s Leader of Innovation award winners: Charles Bernier ’74, James L. Hamling, Bud Konheim, Meryl Levitz, Robert C. Lockyer ’68, Sean Lockyer ’99 and Carole C. Wedge. Click here for more about the 2013 Evening of Innovation honorees.

In addition to the Evening of Innovation title sponsor Verizon, other sponsors included Unifi, Inc.; Thomas Wynne Apartments; McGinn Security, Inc.; Iron Stone Strategic Capital Partners; Macy’s, Inc.; Federal-Mogul Corporation; ECBM; TD Bank; Fox Rothschild LLP; Shepley Bulfinch; Southco; CCA; Parkhurst Dining; Independence Blue Cross; Comcast Spectacor; Catherines and Chubb.

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