Since our foundation in 2003, MODA has been a platform dedicated to showcasing fashion on campus and promoting the city’s fashion scene. MODA has produced and participated in fashion events on campus and downtown featuring collections from established brands like Ann Taylor and Rent the Runway, as well as up-and-coming local designers and talented students.

With an audiences reaching 1200, MODA’s events have attracted important partnerships and contribute to the vibrancy of Chicago fashion retail.

2014 Spring Fashion Show

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For its biggest event to date, MODA is pleased to announce that it will return to Chicago Union Station’s Great Hall to host its annual Spring Fashion Show on February 21st.

MODA’s Spring Fashion Show is an annual branded fashion fête. It is more than just a fashion show, rather a whole event and experience. It features collections from established brands, as well as up-and-coming local designers and talented student designers. As part of the experience, enjoy hors d’oeuvres and beverages as well as live performances by DJ’s and musical talent, all with a post-show after-party at top chicago location.

To further add to the excitement, MODA is launching the latest issue of the MODA Magazine at the event! The Magazine team has been working tirelessly over the course of the past several months to produce the latest issue. MODA can’t wait to showcase their hard work.

Be sure to get your tickets soon before they sell out!
Buy Tickets here: http://bit.ly/MODA2014

2013 Spring Fashion Show

 

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Design Credit to Ben Park

MODA’s Spring 2013 Fashion Show was an overwhelming success. Our models took Union Station by storm in front of a sold- out crowd of students, tastemakers, and fashion-lovers from all over the country, continuing what has become an established MODA tradition.

MODA’s record-breaking attendance year after year makes it clear that MODA has carved a place for itself in the Chicago fashion scene. Seventy-eight models featured collections from GOCA, Cettina, Angelique’s Boutique and other local favorites as well as eleven student designers below the towering architecture of Union Station’s Great Hall. Dance Floor Junkies supplied the beats, and hundreds of guests crowded Lumen for MODA’s official after-party.

You can view highlights of the show here.


2012 Spring Fashion Show

Photo by Tom Tian

MODA’s Spring 2012 Fashion Show stayed downtown and expanded, moving venues to Chicago’s Union Station. The event was bigger than ever, and with the support of Michigan Magazine, Refinery29, Kiss FM, Chicago Shopping and more, MODA met its goal of a record-breaking audience of +1,000 attendees!

Showing off creations by Ann Taylor, Rent the Runway, AGGAB, Miriam Carlson, and twelve student designers, over ninety models took Union Station’s majestic Great Hall by storm. DJ Xonic supplied the beats, and hundreds of guests later flocked to 8fifty8, the hot new West Loop club, for MODA’s official after-party.

Find pictures and videos from the show here, find MODA’s post-event summary here.


2011 Spring Fashion Show

Photo by Tom Tian

On Friday, 4 March 2011, MODA, the University of Chicago’s student fashion organization, hosted its quarterly fashion show to showcase fashion on campus to promote Chicago’s fashion capacity and present resources for fashionably inclined students. This year, however, MODA revamped its popular annual event by moving it downtown, to the Chicago Cultural Center!

MODA teamed up with emerging local designers and established retail stores to showcase spring fashion while guests will happily enjoy hors d’oeuvres and drinks as they observe. Featured design houses include: AKIRA, Anastasia Chatzka, Ann Taylor, Imaginary People, Jacqi Fanella and Kembrel. MODA also featured original collections from ten student designers, as well as collections from our five Designer Boot Camp Program participants.

Click here for more information and multimedia!


2010 Lascivious Ball

Photo by Tom Tian

For its 2010 Show, the Lascivious Ball decided upon a Rocky Horror Picture Show theme. In accompaniment, MODA’s lingerie show focused on costumes and excess for a night of madness and partying!Partners: Returning Chicago-based designer, Anastasia Chatzka displayed her garments alongside our student designers. Also, the Apez Dream Team, headed by Anna Lopez, were charged with hair and makeup for the show.


Harper’s Bizarre, 2010

Photo by Darren Leow

For it’s biggest fashion show yet, MODA took over UChicago’s historic and stunning Harper Memorial Library to create a memorable affair that was later voted the 2010′s best UChicago event!

SPONSORS: Featuring designs by Ms. Catwalk and partnering with Chant, Noon Hookah, Sugar Bliss Cupcake Boutique, Biocare Labs, iCream, Rockit Ranch Productions, FIJI water, Goorin Brothers Hats, Berry Chill, PETA, Kimbark Liquors, Pivot Point International, Red Bull, THE RICHKIDDZ, DJ Na’el of Force One Seven.

AWARDS: The 2010 Winter Fashion Show “Harper’s Bizarre” won the 2010 UChicago Student Government “Best Event Award”

 


2009 Lascivious Ball

After a resoundingly successful reception at the 2008 Lascivious Ball, MODA returned with another lingerie collection! For this show, however, MODA also had the chance to feature work by Via Mia Design in addition to original student designs.

As covered by the Chicago Maroon: “The fall fashion show [featured] nine designers showcasing their handiwork. While the theme of the LCB is ’50s pin-up, the designers’ collections [were] not required to stick to the theme. ‘Some designers [used] the pin-up theme, but some [used] the essence of the ’50s, and others just [did] something sexy with their designs,’ explained MODA President Kathleen Monaghan. In keeping with the spirit of the Ball, the fashion show [played] around with the idea of sexuality. Kathleen added, ‘There [was] skin to show, but we [still abided] by the rules.’”


Recessionista, 2009

Photo by MODA

MODA’s fifth annual spring fashion show tackled the dilemma of how to attain luxury while being economic. Designers, whose work was featured in “Recessionista: A Lesson in Fashion Efficiency,” used their collections to showcase keen social consciousness and an awareness of fashion’s place in today’s world.

In this show, MODA featured AKIRA, Frei Designs by Annie Novotny Alice Berry and, emerging hip-hop artist, Alex Ludovico. Additionally, this event was sponsored by LUSH and Teen Vogue.

Additional event coverage is available at the Chicago Maroon.


2008 Lascivious Ball

 

Photo by MODA

With the reinstatement of the famous Lascivious Ball, MODA contributed to the timeless UChicago event with a lingerie inspired fashion show to match the evening’s theme.


Hyde & Chic Fashion Show, 2008

MODA’s fourth annual spring fashion show provided a spectacular night of fashion, showcasing original designs from students and Chicago designers. The Chicago store AKIRA and designer Anna Fong also showed off the newest spring trends for both men and women.

The show also included opening performances by Le Vorris and Vox Circus and Rythmic Bodies in Motion.

Additional event coverage is available at the Chicago Weekly.


ReOrientation Trunk and Fashion Show, 2007

For ReOrientation, MODA teamed up with various student and Chicago-based designers to put on a fashion show, trunk show and raffle to bolster the arts themed event!

Trunk Show partners: Ms. Catwalk and Déjà Vu consignment boutique.
Fashion Show partners: AKIRA and Avant Gaudy

Additional event coverage is available at the Chicago Weekly.


Atomic Fashion Show, 2007

MODA teamed up with a new partner, the Renaissance Society, to launch this spring runway show!

As described by the Chicago Weekly: “Focusing more on ‘punky, edgy, DIY styles’, a break from MODA’s tradition of showcasing many of the more ‘high fashion’ chic styles you might normally expect to see at a fashion show, it should be of interest to anyone who ever wondered ‘What can I do with this pair of scissors and that jean jacket?’ A product of a several week-long collaboration between five undergraduates and one recent graduate student, all of whom have made clothes from fabric they’ve acquired themselves or from clothes they’ve ‘deconstructed,’ this show should be of interest to even the most hardcore anti-fashionistas.”
Additional event coverage is available at the Chicago Maroon.

 


Deeply Superficial Fashion Show, 2007


For its 2007 Spring fashion show, MODA teamed up with AKIRA, Haji, Heroine Chic and Jackie Ono to draw in UChicago students for a memorable, fashion-oriented evening!


Bazaar Fashion Show, 2005

For our first fashion show, MODA partnered with Meenkyole and Sole Lounge to put on the event that launched this successful UChicago tradition!