October 6, 2015

Student plans fashion expo

By Becky Byron

Cleveland State University business and political science major Anthony Spencer has begun planning his first annual fashion expo to be held in Downtown Cleveland on December 20.

The event, titled “The Prototype Expo,” will feature eight local fashion designers and includes a runway show, auction and pop-up shop.

The goal of “The Prototype Expo” is to help further the careers of local designers who will be showing their collections at the event.

Spencer got the idea to create a fashion show after working as a consultant with local designers and seeing a need to grow the Cleveland fashion industry.

“100 percent of the money that the designers make when selling their collections at the pop-up shop will go back to them,” Spencer said. “[That] is what is important to me — to create something that can support them and grow their business, not try to make a profit off of them.”

“The Prototype Expo” is expected to draw a crowd of over 600 and will take place at Red Space Gallery at 2400 Superior Ave., in the warehouse district. This is a very sought after venue in Cleveland where Project Runway star Valerie Mayan plans to show her annual fall fashion event.

Spencer hopes to draw a crowd of local fashion fans as well as potential investors in the designers showing at the expo.

“Anyone could be a potential investor regardless of whether their careers are in fashion,” Spencer said. “I’ll send invites to people who I think might be interested and see what they have to say when they get there.”

Tickets are going to be available to the general public and will go on sale at a date yet to be determined.

Prices will range from $15 to $20 and will include catered food. A cash bar will also be available.

If Cleveland State students are interested in getting involved as a backstage dresser, stylist or model, they can contact Spencer by filling out the inquiry form on “The Prototype Expo” website for more information at www.theprototypeexpo.com.

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