Fashion Columbia 2012: Biggest, Greenest and Record Breaking!

Fashion Columbia 2012 raised record funds, was the greenest fundraiser and the largest event at the college to date!  Proceeds from the event, which brought out over 200 guests, will benefit the Eunice W. Johnson Scholarship in Fashion Studies.  All of this good news must’ve made event chair, Desiree Rogers, very, very happy along with her glam Host Committee that consisted of Trish Rooney Alden, Madeleine Burrell, Gwendolyn Butler, Bonita Chapman, Nora Daley, Janice Barnes Davis, Susan Downing, Elissa Hamid Efroymson, Rich Gamble, Ikram Goldman, Mary Lou Haddad, Mellody Hobson, Susie Kiphart, Julie Latsko, Sylvia Neil, Diane Primo, MK Pritzker, Shawnelle Ritchie, Lynne Turner and Allison Grant Williams.

The event at the Media Production Center, 16th and State Streets, opened with a Red Carpet which led to models wearing a selection of vintage pieces from fashion icon, Eunice Johnson’s Fashion Fair Collection.  For the main event, 15 fashion studies students showcased 45 designs that included menswear, evening gowns and dresses.  The models wore Fashion Fair cosmetics, of course, from the company founded by Eunice Johnson.  Desiree had this to say, “Many of the designs intrigued me and I would have purchased them that evening.  I could not help but think of how happy Eunice Johnson would have been to see such talent.  It was a magical evening.”

During the program, Lana Jewelry founder Lana Bramlette, was awarded the Alumni Achievement in Fashion Design Award by VP of Institutional Advancement, Eric Winston.  Lana is known as the “Queen of Hoops” with her jewelry adorning celebs such as Jennifer Lopez, Kate Hudson, Angelina Jolie and Cameron Diaz to name a few.

A host committee dinner, rooftop reception, VIP lounge and after-party all completed this fabulous night of fashion that raised more than $70,000.  Event sponsors included Macy’s and Mercedes-Benz. Live auction packages raised an additional $16K and included a fur donated by Fabbri Furs and a travel package to New York Fashion Week.  As for the green aspect, the organizers recycled all post-event paper and other products, even composting food scraps!  To learn more about Columbia College and the Eunice Johnson Scholarship Fund, please visit ( )  (ALL photos by Caitlin Saville Collins)


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  • fantastic! Lovely designs and talented designers!

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