Washington University's Sam Fox School of Design Announces Award Winners

By Sarah Stallmann
In Style

St. Louis has proven to hold a pivotal role in the nurturing of up-and-coming design talent for many reasons, though the most important is it provides recent design school graduates with the fuel and knowledge they need to succeed.

Photo by Jennifer Silverberg.

Photo by Jennifer Silverberg.

On Sunday, May 4, 26 aspiring fashion designers presented their work in the 85th Annual Fashion Design Show at the world-renowned Sam Fox School of Design at Washington University. Jurors for the event included Saks Fifth Avenue Director of Marketing Tania Beasley-Jolly, alumna Susan Block of The Designing Block, and Jennifer Mayer, assistant director of career development at the Sam Fox School.

Along with a showcase of garments that included tunics, jackets and pants by the sophomore and junior class, seniors created collections of sportswear, dresses and avant-garde pieces that were praised by both the audience and jurors. Post show, Robin VerHage-Abrams, associate professor and area coordinator for fashion design, introduced a variety of scholarships, cash prizes and awards.

Among the awards, the Dominic Michael Silver Scissors Designer of the Year Award is gifted to an outstanding senior. This year, Claudia Frolova walked away with the big prize, snagging an additional nod from Beasley-Jolly, who also awarded Frolova—and fellow design student Hillary Lux—with the Saks Fifth Avenue Honorary Designer Award. Susan Block, a 20-year Sam Fox School Fashion Show organizer, awarded Molly Radin with the Silver Ripper Award, given to an outstanding student at the junior level.

The three winners, along with fellow up-and-comers in the area, have proven the importance of assisting and supporting the development of the city’s young design community by giving designers a platform to showcase their art and talent. We look forward to the possibility of seeing some local graduates in our own emerging designer competition, Project:Design! for Saint Louis Fashion Week!

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