Collection 2024: RISD Apparel Design Seniors to Debut their Work on the Runway

April 26, 2024

Two Shows on Friday, May 24 at WaterFire Arts Center

PROVIDENCE, RI  – April 26, 2024 –  Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) Apparel Design seniors will debut their one-of-a-kind creations on the runway at Collection 2024. The Apparel Design department’s popular fashion show offers audiences an exclusive look at tomorrow’s top fashion designers. Shows are scheduled for 5 pm and 8 pm at the WaterFire Arts Center, 475 Valley Street, Providence, RI.

Collection 2024 tickets are $25 for the 5 pm show and $30 for the 8 pm show. Tickets are available for purchase online at Proceeds benefit the RISD Scholarship Fund. For more information, please call 401.454.6180 or visit the Collection page on

“The senior collections presented reflect a great variety of references and approaches to clothing the body,” says Gwen Van Den Eijnde, Apparel Design department head. “Every collection synthesizes a number of indispensable elements—from knowledge of the tactile qualities of cloth to proportion and silhouette in relation to the human body—in order to create expressive individual statements about culture and identity. Through their intellectual curiosity and experimentation, each student develops their aesthetic vocabulary in order to elaborate their unique creative voice.”

Graduating seniors are poised to join a group of prominent RISD alumni in the apparel industry. Whether they launch their own studios, pursue careers with retail leaders or enter into related fields, graduates of the program employ sustainable practices that respect craft and labor, while centering the wearer throughout the design process.

In the RISD Apparel Design department, students prepare to be conscious leaders in the field who approach fashion as a platform for cultural dialogue. Through immersive, studio-based practice, they establish unique design languages and clearly articulated creative processes. Makers of thoughtful and thought-provoking garments, students generate both fashion and knowledge, continually reimagining what apparel and the systems for producing it can be.

About Rhode Island School of Design
RISD (pronounced “RIZ-dee”) is a creative community founded in 1877 in Providence, Rhode Island. Today, we enroll 2,538 students hailing from 60 countries. Led by a committed faculty, they are engaged in 44 full-time bachelor’s and master’s degree programs and supported by a worldwide network of over 31,000 alumni who demonstrate the vital role artists and designers play in today’s society.

Beyond facts and figures, what is the spirit of this community? Through a cross-disciplinary curriculum of studio-based learning and rigorous study in the liberal arts, RISD students are encouraged to develop their own personal creative processes, but they are united by one guiding principle: in order to create, one must question. In cultivating expansive and elastic thinking, RISD seeks to activate a critical exchange that empowers artists, designers and scholars to generate and challenge the ideas that shape our world. RISD’s mission, at both the college and museum, is not only to educate students and the public in the creation and appreciation of works of art and design, but to transmit that knowledge and make global contributions. Visit to learn more.

RISD contact:
Danielle Mancuso 
Associate Director, Public Relations / RISD
401 454-6334