MISSION STATEMENT

"To provide students within the Fashion and Retail Studies program in the department of Consumer Sciences in the college of Education and Human Ecology with the opportunity to publicly display their abilities in garment design and construction, as well as advertising, fundraising, and special event production, culminating in a fashion design show or public exhibit at the end of the school year. This organization is open to all majors who have an interest in being part of a fashion production, but is specifically for Fashion and Retail Studies students"

"To provide students within the Fashion and Retail Studies program in the department of Consumer Sciences in the college of Education and Human Ecology with the opportunity to publicly display their abilities in garment design and construction, as well as advertising, fundraising, and special event production, culminating in a fashion design show or public exhibit at the end of the school year. This organization is open to all majors who have an interest in being part of a fashion production, but is specifically for Fashion and Retail Studies students"

ADVISORS

MISSION STATEMENT

Dr.Nancy Ann Rudd

ALEXANDRA SUER

Wendy Goldstein

I'm Dr. Nancy Ann Rudd, professor emeritus of Fashion & Retail Studies, who retired from full-time teaching in 2019.  I taught fashion design, social psychology of appearance, draping, cultural dress, the design show, CAD lab courses, and graduate level courses for 40 years.  (I know, hard to believe, right?) I began the design show 29 years ago as a format for our design students to showcase their original work.  It outgrew our small space, and then auditorium in Campbell Hall, in auditoriums in the former Ohio Union and in Fawcett Center and other buildings on campus.  Many students from outside our major were asking how to be a part of the event.  So in 2007 we began the student organization, FPA, to work together with the design show practicum.  That first year with our expanded design and production teams, we had 90 original designs on the runway (which, by the way, was built in the new RPAC gym since the Ohio Union was closed for remodeling -- not very elegant). We have had 28 different themes, varying wildly from such things as social topics, aesthetic movements, body image, color psychology, the circus, triumph over breast cancer, etc.   And when we began the student organization, we decided that another focus of the org would be service learning -- to volunteer with a charity through service hours all year, and to have a silent auction at our event to benefit the charity. That first year, our silent auction raised $4000, which we split between breast cancer research on campus and heart research on campus.

 

Why do I love FPA?  Well, first, because it was my baby and, just like my own 3 kids, has grown incrementally.  I've invested so much time and energy into this event forever, and it is a part of my identity.  Over the years, I have seen that it is also a part of the identity of so many students who have graduated and still ask me for recommendations for jobs, medical school, graduate school, or we just stay in touch.  I am soooooo proud of the students every year and what they accomplish, and they grow both personally and professionally.  I stepped down to co-advisor in 2019-20, which seemed like the right thing to do upon retirement.  Wendy had been my co-advisor for about 7 years, and Alex was my student in the 2011 and 2012 shows, and then a co-advisor for the past 4 years. So I knew if we flipped roles, all would be good.  

 

An interesting fact is most all my students know that purple is my favorite color, and I wear something purple every day (glasses, watch, ring, things no one sees but me, as well as outer clothing).  It is my soul color and has been since I was maybe 3. It is unique, funky, and even mysterious.

EXEC TEAM

SARAH PARKER

Co President

Sarah is a senior double majoring in Fashion Retail Studies and Sustainability.

"FPA has grounded my college experience through authentic relationships, creative expression and a platform to share my work"

Sarah has interned for fashion designer Zac Posen in New York City last year!

Carissa Kussmaul

Co Director of Design

Carissa is a 5th year marketing major with a minor in fashion retail studies. 

"I love FPA because it’s a way to push me out of my comfort zone the way nothing else on campus has. It allows members to work together, be creative, and make a final product we’re all proud of."

Carissa taught herself to sew less than a year ago in only a few months. Her first project was a ball gown! 

Samantha Ketter

Secretary

Samantha is a senior majoring in communications with minors in Fashion Retail Studies, Health & Society, Video Arts and Nonprofit Management.

"I love how FPA enables people to experience the creation of a show through every stage. From conception to music to design- everyone can find a niche"

Samantha studied design and cultural branding in Milan, Italy.

GRACE NANNI

Co President

Grace is a senior studying Fashion and Retail Studies with a minor in Business

"FPA gives everyone, no matter who you are, what your major is, or what your other interests are, a common meeting point of a love for fashion and the ability to share it.  The creativity from our members amazes me every day, and I feel so lucky to be around such talented people."

 

Grace loves true crime podcasts, shows, etc.  Besides fashion podcasts or articles, true crime is her go to, and it distracts her when she feels overwhelmed by school or work!

Sydney Smith

Co Director of Visuals

Sydney is a Senior Studying Fashion Retail Studies.

"I love that FPA allows students within and outside the fashion major to explore and expand upon their skills and passion for fashion!"

Beyond her love of fashion, Sydney also loves animals. She has a black cat named Moonie.

Amanda Kuenzli

T r e a s u r e r

Amanda is a Senior Fashion and Retail Studies major with a special concentration in sport industry. She's also an OSU's International Affairs Scholars Program alum.

​"I love FPA because I have always valued the difference in creative opinions amongst members. During meetings, I can feel so much creativity in the atmosphere and I feel valued to work with individuals who challenge me to think outside of the box and on my toes. I also immensely value how inclusive FPA is. Regardless of sex, gender, religion, ethnicity, and even major/minors & personal style, FPA has always felt diverse and welcoming."

Amanda spent the entire Fall 2019 semester as a cast member at Walt Disney World through the Disney College Program. Because of my time spent working for the Walt Disney Company, there are quite a bit of "insider" secrets and tips/tricks I know! I am also practically a walking map for the main 4 parks. 

Mary Frost

Spencer Wainfor

Co Director of Design

Spencer is double majoring in Marketing and Fashion and Retail Studies

"I love FPA because it's one of the best ways to be creative at OSU! You also get to learn the entire process behind something as big as a fashion show. It's a fun organization."

An interesting fact about Spencer is that He's a part of a local drag house.

SHAUN BARKET

Co Director of Visuals

Shaun is a junior studying Fashion Retail Studies, while pursuing minors in both studio art and business

"FPA has given me such a great platform not only to showcase my creative abilities but to interact with other individuals who have a similar drive to think outside the box."

Shaun has a huge interest in sneaker culture, and enjoys using sneakers as a medium for artwork.  

Chloe Amich

Director of Production

Chloe is a Senior Fashion and Retail Studies major with a minor in business.

"I love FPA because I get to share my passion and love for fashion with others who have the same passion. It’s great getting to be surrounded by so many people with similar interests as you and to be able to work together to create an amazing, huge fashion show each year. I’ve also made so many lifelong friends whom I may have not met without FPA!" 

Chloe has starting running in OCR (Obstacle Course Races) this year!

Director of Marketing

Mary is a fifth-year Fashion and Retail Studies Major

"I love FPA because I get to work alongside people who are creative and open-minded and who love what they do"

An interesting fact about Mary is that her nickname is Bina

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