The Evolution Of Runway Shows At Lynn University
Lynn is preparing to celebrate its upcoming 17th annual spring fashion show in the Wold Performing Arts Center to honor almost two decades of continued success.
In the spring of 2004, Lisa Dandeo, associate professor and coordinator of the Fashion and Retail Program at Lynn, organized the first ever fashion event titled “Fashion World Tour Trends Around the Globe.” Interestingly enough, a lot of the earlier shows took place in the Green Center.
“This [the Green Center] is where the original library was located and we only had the black screen to work with,” said Dandeo, professor.
For both the third and fourth annual spring fashion shows, Dandeo along with her fashion and retail students surprised the audience with a change of scenery.
“Every spring semester, students in the fashion show production class are presented with the task and challenge of upstaging the event from the prior year,” said Dandeo.
The class of 2006 named their show “An Explosion of Color” and decided to hold it at the Sports and Cultural Center, while the 2007 students agreed on carrying out their event under a tent on the now soccer field. However, it was truly in 2015 with “Fashion Takes Flight” where Dandeo revolutionized the entire fashion show experience by deciding to host the event – and all those that followed – at the Wold Performing Arts Center. The theater offers an intimate, yet elegant, setting with seating for more than 750 guests and a spacious lobby area with ornate chandeliers.
Such modern venue enabled the class of 2017 to be the first group to use LED walls, which not only enhanced their fashion show on the seven natural wonders of the world, but also the other fashion events that came after. This upcoming spring
semester, Professor Andrew Burnstine will coordinate his first ever fashion show at Lynn.
“The theme is going to be sustainability and we are planning on going bigger than ever,” said Burnstine.
The university will be celebrating the start of a new decade with a never-before-seen take on the fashion show under Burnstine’s lead – one that is sure to amaze and contribute to the fashion program’s history of success.