Student fashion designs to hit the runway in "Metamorphosis"

2013 Fashion ShowThe idea of change – changing form, texture and appearance – will be at the heart of Harper College’s Student Fashion Show, a professional-caliber production showcasing students’ original work and designs.

The show, “Metamorphosis,” will run at both 1 p.m. and 8 p.m. Friday, May 20, in the Performing Arts Center on the College’s main campus, 1200 W. Algonquin Road in Palatine.

“It’s really about evolution,” Fashion Studies and Merchandising Program Coordinator Nupur Sharma said. “Evolution of the garments, of the students and of their two years here at Harper.”

Sharma estimates about 150 garments will hit the runway, all of which have to be selected by a jury of nine industry professionals. Among the jurors are fashion and beauty expert Kathleen Haines-Finley and fashion designers Concetta Cipriano and Nathalie Lambert.

Students receive rigorous feedback from the jury and have just two weeks to tweak their garments before the show.

“It’s really an amazing transformation considering many students come in with little-to-no sewing experience,” Sharma said.

Every aspect2013 Fashion Show of the Fashion Show from the modeling to the production is student-run. Tricoci University students provide hair and makeup.

In addition to the show, scholarships will be announced including awards from Fashion Group International and GAP. Harper’s new fashion students will also have winning garments on display from the College’s Little Black Dress competition.

Fashion Show proceeds benefit the Little City Foundation in Palatine. Tickets to the 1 p.m. show are $10 for adults and $5 for students and children under 18. Tickets to the 8 p.m. show are $25 for adults and $20 for students with ID; a $50 VIP package includes two drinks and appetizers an hour beforehand.

For tickets, contact the Harper College Box Office at 847.925.6100 or For more information about the Fashion Design and Merchandising programs, call 847.925.6788.

Last Updated: 11/3/21