(Buffalo, N.Y.) – The SUNY Buffalo State Fashion and Textile Technology (FTT) Department will host its 10th annual Runway fashion show April 22.
The show is intended to showcase the work of student designers, who will gain real world experience.
Erin Habes, a Buffalo State professor and producer of Runway, appeared on the Buffalo Review April 10 to discuss the event and the role of fashion in society.
“I think that fashion shows are almost like theatre and it’s something cool to watch, it’s something fun to watch,” said Habes. “You’re going to be entertained.”
She said the theme for this year’s show is “Remember/Imagine,” which will highlight how fashion styles from the past will influence future trends.
Habes said the show has really grown over the last 10 years.
“We will have a crowd of 2,000 people, which will be the biggest show my students and I have ever produced,” said Habes. “We’re so excited to open it up to the campus this year.”
Many have noted that fashion shows are often shaped by our culture. For example, some designers have been more open to designing clothes for people who are plus size.
“We do see some really incredible plus size designers popping up and I want to see more of it,” said Habes. “Companies need to make clothing for real women and real people.”
She said designers are also beginning to produce clothing lines that are gender neutral and can be worn by anyone.
Recently, a number of well-known designers, including Marc Jacobs, have been criticized for producing culturally insensitive runway shows, which featured styles often associated with a specific ethnic group, but were instead worn by white models.
Habes said those discussions can open a dialogue on the topic of race and fashion.
“I really hope going forward that people think about what you do before you put it out on a runway,” said Habes.
Runway will be held in the Sports Arena at 8 p.m. and tickets are available starting at $10.
* Karla Weidenboerner and Joseph Kasko contributed to this report.