Dress Up For Downs Fashion Show

By: Autumn Barney

On November 19th, the new student organization ”Dress Up for Downs” put on their first fashion show partnering with the local Down syndrome community. This event was definitely like non other, with pride sparkling from every member, participant, and viewer of the show. The show opened with a small talk from the director of program development who explained how important groups like this were for the downs community to feel involved on campus and appreciated. From there, the show itself was an overall joy with uncountable surprises and lots and lots of dancing. Each member of the club was paired with a downs syndrome person (of all ages) to create an outfit that made them feel comfortable and fit their bodies. It was clear that the models were comfortable in not only their outfits, but also their own skin; each one shined as they danced their way down the runway with the audience constantly clapping and cheering along! Other than the amazing time had by all, the show had other successes in that it sold out the whole of Rockwell Auditorium and was also able to raise over $1000 for the Downs community.

Overall, the Dress Up for Downs first fashion show was a wild success and for all of those unable to attend, do everything in your power to go next year!


Your Ugly Holiday Sweater Inspiration

This upcoming Tuesday, November 29 is our last FSO meeting of the semester! We’ll be celebrating the holidays with our 2nd annual ugly holiday sweater contest, a performance from The Kent Clarks, and some Insomnia cookies and milk! All the fun plus some special speakers begins at 6pm in the Rockwell Auditorium.

We’ve gone ahead and found you some ugly sweater inspiration for the meeting...

Stay glamorous with this Christmas Sequin Bauble Jumper from Topshop

Show your love for Buddy the Elf with this Mr. Narwhal Elf Crewneck Sweater from Etsy

Go more traditional with this Christmas Lightup Story Pullover from Target

Be Santa’s helper while wearing this Elf Hooded Tunic from Francesca’s

Take it Slow in the Snow with this sweater from H&M

Don we now our ugly sweaters!


#FSOGivesThanks 2016

By: Katie McCullough

It’s that time of year again; Thanksgiving! I have always enjoyed Thanksgiving, because it’s a time to spend with family and friends as well as to eat amazing food, but I think this year is even more special because I haven’t been home since I’ve been in college. Maybe some of you are in the same boat, and therefore this Thanksgiving is even more exciting than most. Thanksgiving is a time to be thankful for whatever you have. Since most often we don’t think about all that we are blessed with, this time of year is the perfect time to step back and look at all that you have, whether that be family, friends, shelter, food, etc. Today I am sharing with you some reason why FSO members are thankful this year.

I am thankful for the friends and family I have been blessed with. They support me through everything and make me stronger everyday. They keep pushing me to be the best version of myself, no matter what they are my rock! I am so lucky to have them and I couldn't ask for any better people to surround myself with! - Bianca Oliver

I'm thankful for so much this Thanksgiving including fashion, music and art! Studying abroad is another thing I have to be super grateful for as well. But I think I'm most thankful for my family and friends, because I'm missing them here at Kent State! :) - Ashley Alpino

I am thankful to be going to one of the top fashion schools in the country, and having such supportive family and friends who believe in me. - Katrina Ore

Well, I'm thankful for so many things but the biggest one this year is that I was able to make so many amazing friends on such a big campus! - Raleigh Schofield

I'm thankful for my amazing family and friends that support everything I do, and for all the opportunities I've been gotten this past year by being a fashion student at Kent State! - Abby Bowen


FSO 2016 Photoshoot Exclusive

We are so excited to share with you the 2016 FSO Photoshoot! All the photos can be viewed on our Facebook page here, but today we’ll be sharing some of our favorite shots from the shoot.

This year, we set up three different shooting locations, from representing our little FSO family in downtown Kent, a chic black and white shoot at the new gorgeous Architecture building, and a Breakfast Club inspired shoot at the KSU Library.

Photos by Alyse Nelson, Ashley Alpino, and Montana Moyer

A huge thanks to all of our models, photographers, and PR Team members!



Behind The Scenes: Art of Contrast: Works of Art

By Katie McCullough

The greatest part about going to a fashion school would definitely have to be the fashion shows. FSO presented their annual Art of Contrast show Friday, October 21st, and this year’s theme was Works of Art. Designers and stylists were asked to create a look inspired by a work of art. The fashion show was a marvelous success with jaw dropping creations by FSO members. Although what you may not have seen, if you attended the show, was all the work that went from the finished designs to the last model’s walk down the runway. It was my job to get the inside look backstage into all the preparation that went on behind the curtain.

6:00 Model Run-through

6:30 Makeup/Dress


7:30 Doors Open

7:45 Check the Socials

7:50 Model Lineup

7:55 Final Backstage Photos

8:00 Start of the Show

8:30 Models Final Walk

8:45 Awards

Congratulations to all the amazing designers and stylists. The show was a masterpiece!