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IDFS Showcase of Excellence

Showcase of Excellence Website Gallery and Digital Runway Show

Thursday, April 22, 2021
Celebration Event 7:00 p.m.
www.idfsshowcase.com (LIVE on April 22nd at 7p.m.)

Invitation to Participate

In order to manage the Showcase during a pandemic, IDFS faculty will recommend student work from Fall 2019 through Spring 2021 for the Showcase of Excellence.  Upon invitation, the student completes the online submission form to provide project information and digital uploads, and submits any related physical work.


Projects completed Fall 2019 through Fall 2020: February 23, 2021 by 4pm
Projects completed Spring 2021: March 30, 2021 by 4pm
2021 Showcase Submission Form for K-State Students 


The Showcase of Excellence website gallery and digital runway show are the kick-off events of the annual IDFS Student Symposium.  Student projects and accomplishments are recognized and made available for public and industry professional viewing. 


The 2020-2024 theme is Our Legacy – Empowerment.  

In 1870, 150 years ago, the State of Kansas authorized the development of an academic program that would empower women through a college education.  They understood that women on the western frontier of the US needed knowledge and skills to be able to support themselves and their families, to help their families thrive in challenging locations and to make their new frontier communities healthy and vibrant.  Our department’s roots are in those very first courses taught to women at the first operating school created under the Morrill Act, Kansas State Agricultural College. 

Sewing was among the first courses taught in the Farm and Domestic Economy program.  Soon after they added other coursework related to healthy and efficient household management.  Today, we continue the tradition of empowering our students and graduates, both women and men, to have meaningful lives and productive careers.

The 2021 Showcase of Excellence recognizes student work that embodies the concept of Empowerment through the educational, social, economic, political or psychological frames.

Awards & Recognitions

Student awards and recognitions will be posted on the website and celebrated at the April 22 event.

Project Preparation

To assist in preparing content for the online submission form, the main requirements are project title, names and contact information of all participants, abstract and empowerment statement (up to 250 words each), digital file or image upload, and measurements of physical items. The form does have the option to save and continue later.

Digital Projects.  One file upload is required, however more views or files may be uploaded. Files must be website ready. URLs are also accepted.

File Type: .jpg, .pdf 
Size: limit is 20MB
Color Mode: RGB
Label: Name_Project Title

Non-Digital Projects.  All non-digital projects, such as garments, renderings, and/or 3D models, will be photographed and/or filmed by the Showcase team.  However, the information form requires an image for organizational purposes.  Inspired by Janet Lee Rees projects must also include the inspiration image.

When submitting the physical item, label with student name. Garments are to be submitted clean and pressed in a garment bag labeled with student name.  Other projects are to be submitted in a clear plastic covering labeled with student name.  Any item to be returned to the student must be labeled with student name.  Physical items can be turned in T and TH 4:00-5:00 pm, Justin 226 or contact Dr. Haar at haar@ksu.edu.

Project Removal

The department of IDFS may remove a project at any time.  Reasons for removal may include, but are not limited to: lack of citation or inappropriate citation; unacceptable quality or function; inappropriate for family viewing; incomplete ensemble or submission; not easily taken on or off or fitted; not easily photographed, filmed or displayed on website; unacceptable file size or quality; or the total number of projects exceeded team capability.

For more information and updates please contact Hannah Schuh at hannaheb@k-state.edu.