BY: Corliss Gilmer

Cori - NYC Fashion Model


Before applying to Stevenson University’s fashion design program, I wasn’t aware of all of the great opportunities that were available. One of the biggest opportunities was being able to  showcase a garment for Nolcha Shows ( at New York Fashion Week.


Each year, we are presented with this opportunity - so don’t be discouraged if you aren’t able to showcase your freshmen or sophomore year. You’ll still have time. I took advantage of this opportunity my sophomore year. I honestly didn’t feel like I was ready, but I went for it! The staff helped every step of the way and pushed me to my best ability and beyond. 

Cori - Model on the Runway


Through all of the sleepless nights, dedication, and 3 judging rounds, I was chosen as one of the students to showcase at New York Fashion Week. A few weeks after acceptance, I was off to New York for a fitting to find a model. And then within a few days, it was showtime! The venue was filled with mainly industry professionals, so photographs of my garment were posted all over blogs and online magazines! A tall photograph of my design is also displayed in the halls of SU in the fashion design department.

Cori - Poster


My garment is still one of my best designs yet! I’m so proud I took advantage of this opportunity, because it has developed me into the designer that I am today.