A model in green walks the runway at the 2024 40th Annual CFC Spring Fashion Show in Barton Hall.

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By Beth Saulnier

Each spring semester, Barton Hall becomes East Hill's answer to Manhattan, Paris, and Milan as student models walk the runway in attire designed by their peers. And this year's Cornell Fashion Collective Runway Show was a milestone: the group's 40th such event.

Held in early March, it featured a wide variety of styles, from a line inspired by athletic gear (with models wearing helmets and toting lacrosse sticks) to formalwear worthy of Oscar night.

The event's celebrity guest: Ryan Lombardi, vice president for Student & Campus Life, who sported a futuristic gray ensemble reminiscent of a sci-fi movie.

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“This truly was the Cornell community at its best—providing an opportunity for students to use what they’ve learned and apply it beyond the classroom," Lombardi says. "And I got to wear some pretty cool clothes.”

Here's a peek at some of the designs on display, plus some of the action behind the scenes—and be sure to check out this video!

Photos by Cornell University photographers Noël Heaney, Alex Bayer, and Ella Koski.

Published March 13, 2024


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