Each spring Columbus College of Art & Design (CCAD) hosts a senior fashion show where soon-to-be-graduates display their talents. This year there are 13 participants who each designed and produced a small collection based on a theme of their choosing, showcasing industrial swimwear and eco-friendly Americana, to ancient weaving techniques and bioluminescence, just to name a few. In early March, six of the students offered a preview of their upcoming lines.
Xuena Pu’s Memories collection draws heavily from her Chinese heritage and upbringing. She learned weaving techniques from her grandmother and mother that she utilized in creating modern takes on traditional attire. After graduation she plans to stay in Columbus as an independent fashion designer. Pictured is model ‘Drea Kirby in an outfit inspired by Chinese baby clothing with a woven, swaddle-style top and button-closure pants that resemble a pair Pu’s mother made for her as a child.
My senior collection was featured in Columbus Underground-a local media group in Columbus, Ohio.
When the Columbus College of Art & Design canceled its spring fashion show due to the pandemic, fashion design student Xuena Pu was devastated.
The 42-year-old mother of two from Powell had worked hard not just on her senior collection but throughout her time at CCAD, and the show was meant to be a culmination of that journey.
“I just felt so bad,” said Pu, who graduated in May. “My collection is so beautiful, and to just have my collection hanging in my studio — I could just cry.”
Fortunately for Pu, restrictions have eased a bit over the past few months and organizers of Fashion Week Columbus decided to forge ahead with its events, which began Sunday, despite all the struggles of event planning in the COVID-19 era.
Pu was selected as an emerging designer to show her collection of garments made using traditional Chinese weaving techniques during Saturday’s Finale Runway Show, which will be broadcast virtually from Ohio HD studios in Gahanna and attended by 100 guests, far fewer than in the past.
Before showcasing My "Memories" at Fashion Week Columbus, I was interviewed by the journalist from Columbus Dispatch to give a brief idea about my collection.