Cornell Fashion Collective: Interview with Brittany Lutz ’12

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YMA Scholar Brittany Lutz ’12 chats about Fashion Collective, Cornell’s answer to fashion design and business in an academic environment.

What is Fashion Collective?

The Cornell Fashion Collective is an entirely student-run organization that facilitates the collaboration of design talent and managerial skill, culminating in the production of a professional runway fashion show each year.  This April 28th, the Cornell Fashion Collective will present its 28th Annual Runway Show at Cornell University.

How did you get involved?

I have been involved in the Cornell Fashion Collective since my freshman year at Cornell.  As a Fashion Management major, I was drawn to CFC as it represented an exciting opportunity to experience the fashion industry’s most impressive marketing tool, the runway show.  CFC also served as an excellent way to practically apply of my academic knowledge too plan and execute tasks with a team of my peers.

I worked on the public relations committee and served as a first year designers’ manager as a Freshman.  As a Sophomore, I organized all of the Front of House activities during the show, as a member of the Executive Board.  I studied abroad during my Junior spring, and I was devastated when I had to miss the show; the event that had become such a staple activity in my college experience.  Now, in my senior year, I am thrilled to represent this 28 year old student organization as the elected President.   It has been a challenging and exciting role, and I can’t wait to see the amazing design work this year!

What is the presence of fashion on liberal arts campus like Cornell?

Fashion does not have a dominant presence at Cornell academically, as the student class of fashion majors in Fiber Science & Apparel Design is small in comparison to the total student body.  However, many Cornell students are very actively involved in online shopping, blogs, and trend-spotting, so the student body is sensitive to opportunities that involve greater exposure to the fashion industry.  The Cornell Fashion Collective runway show represents the largest student run event in the Ivy League, so the show tends to earn a lot of campus attention.  CFC also invites many of our alumni back to campus to present on their careers in the fashion industry, which is another way we work to establish a fashion presence at Cornell.

 How can we view the show?

It is best to view the show in person, by coming to Cornell and experiencing the runway firsthand – tickets to the show are available online (  Hotel accommodation information and directions are also available through this link.

Video coverage of the runway looks will be available online a few weeks after the show, and DVDs are available for purchase after the event as well.

What pieces / designers should we look out for?

Our senior designers will be producing full collections at this year’s show that promise to be spectacular.  A few previews include:

Emily Parkinson will be utilizing laser cut leather and hand dyed fabrics to invoke wrought iron elements.

YMA FSF Scholar Suyoung Min ’12 will be creating a collection inspired by the mood and architecture of the Gothic Cathedrals in Italy of the high and late medieval period.

Elizabeth Wheeler’s collection will be whimsical and mysterious, as her student models transcend the collegiate world to become warriors in the fight for ultimate beauty.

Amelia Brown is producing work that reflects the exuberant elegance of tropical architecture, crossed with the fit and cut of monasterial garments.

We also are excited to have several design collaborations in our first year designer group; four architecture students seek to apply their aesthetic to apparel.


Learn more about Cornell Fashion Collective

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