Thom Filicia to Headline Cazenovia College’s 41st Annual Student Fashion Show

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Queer Eye for the Straight Guy Celebrity to Speak at “Urban Chic” on April 26

Thom Filicia

Thom Filicia

Filicia gained fame when he served as the interior design expert on the Emmy-Award winning hit show, Queer Eye for the Straight Guy, host of several shows on the Style Network and featured talent on HGTV Networks.

Cazenovia College’s 41st Annual Student Fashion Show, “Urban Chic,” will take the stage at The Landmark Theatre on Sat. April 26, at 6 p.m. Special guest Thom Filicia, interior designer, author, television personality and chief creative officer of the New York City-based design firm, Thom Filicia, Inc., will offer remarks to an estimated packed house.

Filicia, a Syracuse University interior design alumnus, is a visiting professor at the School of Art & Design. As founder of Thom Filicia, Inc., he is the driving force behind a distinctive line of home furnishings, Thom Filicia Home Collections, and a to-the-trade showroom, Sedgewick & Brattle. His New-American style has earned him extensive praise from notable clients in the entertainment, fashion, finance, hospitality, media and sports industries, as well as recognition from Elle Décor (“A-List Designer”), House Beautiful (“Top 100 Designers”), and House & Garden (“International Tastemaker”). His work has been featured among the pages of InStyle, O, People, The New York Times, Vogue Home, USA Today, and other national and international publications.

“Having Thom as our special guest is very exciting for our students and the community alike,” says Megan Lawson-Clark, assistant professor, fashion studies and fashion show director. “His work is very creative and he is a fantastic example of entrepreneurship for our students.”

Filicia gained fame when he served as the interior design expert on the Emmy-Award winning hit show, "Queer Eye for the Straight Guy," host of several shows on the Style Network and featured talent on HGTV Networks. Additionally, he has appeared on popular television shows such as Good Morning America, Ellen, Late Night with Conan O’Brien, The Today Show, and The View, among others. More information on Filicia’s written works, special projects, and a sampling of his portfolio can be found at

“Urban Chic” tickets will go on sale April 1, 2014. Admission is $17 for adults, $12 for students, and free for children under 5. Prior to the main show, Filicia will be a part of a V.I.P. reception at 4:30 p.m. which will include reserved seating, open bar and heavy hors d’oeuvres for $100/ticket. To order tickets, visit, email fashionshow(at)cazenovia(dot)edu or call (315) 655-7043. Stay connected through social media by visiting the show’s official Facebook page, Cazenovia College: Annual Student Fashion Show, or follow @CazFashionShow on Twitter and Pinterest.

Cazenovia College, founded in 1824, is an independent, co-educational, baccalaureate college located near Syracuse, N.Y., offering baccalaureate programs in the liberal arts and professional studies. Embracing student success as its primary mission, the College comprises a diverse yet close-knit residential community that fosters intellectual, social, and ethical growth. Our experiential and co-curricular learning opportunities and dedicated team of faculty and staff provide for an individualized educational experience that balances academic and student life. Cazenovia, named one of "America’s Best Colleges" by U.S. News & World Report, is also a national College of Distinction. For more information, visit


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