LETTER TO THE EDITOR | Free Expression Disrupted

To The Editor:

We, the undersigned, are a group of community members concerned about preserving the freedom of expression at Cornell, namely the dangerous response to Mark Colbran’s collection at the CFC 2018 Fashion Show. Some of us know Mark personally, others do not. Some of us enjoy, or agree with, his collection, others do not. However, we all find alarming the policing of speech at Cornell, either by university affiliates or by independent groups such as The Cornell Daily Sun, through silencing, misinformation and false equivocation. The article in the March 12, 2018 edition of The Sun written by Meredith Liu and Paris Ghazi under the banner “Fashion Show Disrupted,” relating to events at the CFC 2018 Fashion Show, contains many factually incorrect statements and dangerously equates the peaceful expression of dissent with targeted harassment.

Senior Designer Profile: Speaking with Senior Fashion Student Riley Kilgariff ’16

From her ruby-red lips down, Riley Kilgariff ’16 makes her interest in fashion clear without saying a word. Throughout her years of study in Cornell’s Fiber Science and Apparel Design (FSAD) program, Kilgariff has exhibited her collections alongside those of other FSAD students in the Cornell Fashion Collective’s annual runway shows.  This Saturday, she will once again display her collection — comprised largely of dresses and jackets —alongside the work of her peers in Barton Hall. The Sun had a chance to speak with Riley outside Libe Café, where she explained her interest in fashion, explicated her philosophy on design and gave insight into the program from which she’ll soon graduate. The Sun: So how did you become interested in fashion design?

Senior Designer Profile: Speaking with Fashion Student Greta Ohaus ’16

Greta Ohaus ’16 is a senior in the College of Human Ecology. She — along with the seven other seniors in the program — studies Fiber Science and Apparel Design (FSAD), which, come graduation in May, will get her Cornell’s version of a fashion degree. Each year for the past three decades, the major, year-long project for FSAD seniors has been preparing a collection for the Cornell Fashion Collective’s Annual Runway Show. In looking forward to the 32nd show this Saturday, the Sun has been sitting down with FSAD Senior designers to talk about their experiences in the program here, their fashion philosophies and what might be in store for them once they leave the hill. These designer spotlights will be running every day this week.