Massillon Resident Co-Directs Fashion Show at Ashland University

Massillon Resident Co-Directs Fashion Show at Ashland University

2/5/14 ASHLAND, Ohio – Massillon resident Mariah Marshall, who is a senior marketing and fashion merchandising major at Ashland University, will be co-directing the Ashland University Food and Fashion Show in Upper Convo on February 6, 2014.

This year the fashion show theme is superheroes, and all fashion studio classes will be creating superhero capes to use in the show. These capes will later be sent to patients at Peyton Manning’s Children Hospital to help bring some cheer to the children. The Fashion Merchandising students will be creating outfits, paired with the AU bookstore, with the idea of the great Marvel and DC heroes (and villains) of the comic book world.

Marshall explained, “Each student in the Fashion Merchandising class is required to be involved with the fashion show. It's a big part of the class, something students really look forward to!”

She has been interested in fashion since her early high school years and knew it was what she wanted to be the focal point in her Ashland University career.

“This year I am co-directing the fashion show with Brandon Ziegler. We monitor and help out with the merchandising, promotion, model, and staging teams, as well as coordinate communication between the bookstore, convo and fashion merchandising department,” said Marshall.

Due to Marshall’s role as a co-director, she does not have any personal designs for the show. “Members of the merchandising team venture to the bookstore to create pieces for the show, using bookstore merchandise and personal items. This year is a Superhero theme, so we are going to have some exciting costumes relating to the topic!” says Marshall.

According to Marshall, the fashion merchandising program has changed to the College of Business and Economics and are always looking for students who are interested in fashion merchandising and fashion design. She explained that it is a great program that allows for a lot of personalized one-on-one time with Dr. Nancy Morris, the fashion merchandising department head. 

“I'm very excited to see the show in action. There is a lot of work going in to the show, and I know that everyone will feel a great sense of accomplishment when everything comes together. I'm also excited to see the Marvel and DC Comic worlds collide with the fashion merchandising department at AU. I happen to be a big fan, so it's something that personally revs me up!” says Marshall.

Marshall is 2010 graduate of Jackson High School and the daughter of Peter and Michelle Marshall of Massillon.

Ashland University, ranked in the top 200 colleges and universities in U.S. News and World Report’s National Universities category for 2013, is a mid-sized, private university conveniently located a short distance from Akron, Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio. Ashland University ( values the individual student and offers a unique educational experience that combines the challenge of strong, applied academic programs with a faculty and staff who build nurturing relationships with their students.


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