Guest Judges & Designer 2023

Every year our Outreach Producers set out to find the perfect Guest Designer to come to campus. Over the course of The Fashion Show’s history, our Guest Designer’s involvement has expanded and stretched beyond simply showing their collection on the runway. Iowa State hosts these brands on campus all week and gives students the opportunities to interact directly with the designers. This year, Julia Tighe and Abby Ashbacher had the goal of inviting and welcoming Steve Madden as the 2023 Guest Designer because of his revolutionary shoe designs. The Steve Madden brand is very influential for Iowa State students as Steve Madden was the innovator of bringing quality, designer footwear to people at a more affordable price. The Fashion Show teams have been incorporating the aesthetic and values of Steve Madden in all activities associated with The Fashion Show 2023. As a part of their visit, Steve Madden representatives have interacted with Apparel Merchandising and Design students in a lecture; engaged prospective high school students during “Behind the Scenes” Day; and created and judged a case study for Apparel Merchandising and Design students to receive scholarships. As a leading apparel design program, our students will have a future impact on the advancement of the apparel and retail industry. Steve Maddens’ impact on campus has encouraged students to engage in valuable learning opportunities and connect with a leader in the retail industry.

Guest Judges

We are thrilled to announce our Guest Judges for The Fashion Show 2023! Please contact Design if you have any questions.

Chelsey Twedt

Chelsey received her bachelor’s in Apparel Design from Iowa State University in 2012, and is now the Senior manager of Technical Design at Old Navy. Chelsey's specialization is technical design -- at Old Navy she leads a team of technical designers who manage an array of women's clothing such as dresses, shirting, woven bottoms, and outerwear. Some recent projects Chelsey's worked on at Old Navy is the BODEQUALITY size inclusivity launch, overhauling their Petite and Tall Sizing using 3D technology and serving as a member of the 3D Digital Product Creation Team. Chelsey says she loves how the fashion industry is always changing and creating more space for innovation.

Katrina Pedrick

Katrina received her bachelor’s in Apparel Merchandising & Design from Iowa State in 2018, with a minor in Entrepreneurship. Her senior year, Katrina won Best in Show at The Fashion Show 2018! Katrina is now an Associate Designer at Aerie. She is heading the sleepwear category, overseeing all steps of the design process: trend research, sketching, creating tech packs, fitting the styles, and approving for production. Apart from her responsibilities at Aerie, Katrina also has sold handmade garments out of vintage fabrics. Katrina hopes to expand this side business in the future.

Cassandra Dittmer

Cassandra received her bachelor's in Apparel Merchandising & Design from Iowa State in 2013. Cassandra now works as an international sustainable brand consultant and a freelance fashion stylist. Cassandra is passionate about sustainability - in fashion and in everyday life. She carries that value into her professional work, as well as her personal life. In January 2022, she launched her own sustainable clothing brand, called CD Studio, which encourages capsule wardrobes and ethical consumption. Her personal stylist work has led her to working with celebrities like Laura Dern, Ty Burrell, Cameron Boyce, and so much more.

Charity Armstead

Charity got a Ph.D. in Apparel, Merchandising, and Design from Iowa State University in 2018 and a Master of Science in Textiles, Merchandising, and Interiors from the University of Georgia with a focus in Historic and Cultural Dress and Textiles. Charity is now a Fashion Merchandising Program Director and Assistant Professor - Brenau University Gainesville, Georgia. She has a wide range of responsibilities at the university -- teaching a variety of classes and managing the Brenau Historic Clothing Collection is just a couple of her duties. Charity has a passion for patterning and sewing, and is always looking to learn unique techniques and construction methods.