This past Sunday I attended the Virginia Commonwealth University’s Department of Fashion Design and Merchandising’s annual juried fashion show. The show has a long history that stretches back to 1928 when a woman by the name of Theresa Pollack became a founder of the School of the Arts. In 1936, the Fashion Department began with a costume design class made up of just twelve students. This instructor, Hazel Mundy, started the tradition of the VCU Juried Fashion Show, a now sold out event that is highly anticipated by students, family, friends and the fashion community in Richmond. Throughout the year, every class studied sustainability and the #runway2015 theme of “Evolve” was designed to remind us that sustainability is a state of change; that we can reshape the future of sustainable garments. All told, there were 142 juried garments with 5 scenes that featured Cut and Sew Knits, Dresses, Menswear, Qatar and Collections. Each scene featured either junior or senior designs with a special scene that featured the student designs from VCUQatar, VCU’s sister campus located in Doha, Qatar on the Persian Golf. This year I was fortunate to receive an invitation to the sold-out event (thank you Karen and Courtney!). Hannah (my younger sister and intern) came as my guest and we were seated in the third row from the runway. We enjoyed the night tremendously and as a VCU student, Hannah loved seeing her friends as well as acquaintances from school as designers and models. For more photos, please see Style Weekly or the VCUarts Facebook page. Keep scrolling below for mine!