Bringing back fashion from 1920


Every year, the Class Officer Collective (COC) organizes Snowball, a tradition that began in 2002 and allows Case Western Reserve University undergraduates to dress up and dance the night away in a formal event held off campus mid-winter.

This year it will be held at the Marriott Hotel downtown on Friday, Feb. 20 from 10 p.m.-2 a.m. COC will provide shuttle buses for the event starting 10 p.m. at Thwing Center.

Each year the event is themed. Last year, Snowball had a masquerade theme. This year COC decided the theme should be the 1920s. Sapna Sundar of the COC Snowball Committee is looking forward to the retro theme.

“We expect to see many flapper dresses and pearl necklaces. It is a very dressy event similar to prom,” said Sundar.

If you do not have a flapper dress or a 1920s dress, do not fret. There are many ways to throw together a snazzy outfit from what you have in your closet. For girls, look for a short and simple dress, or up the ante and look for something with fringes, adornments and lace. If you don’t see anything, go around and ask friends, floormates, suitemates, etc. for something cute to wear. It might be a great idea to mix it up and borrow clothes from friends when you are bored with your own closet.

Every girl knows that what make every look complete are the accessories. COC knows this as well, and they are giving away pearl necklaces and feathery flapper headbands to everyone who comes to the event.

For guys, wearing a simple button up with a suit jacket and nice slacks would be the way to go. If you want to be more creative and bold, you can wear a bowtie as well. In addition to the more feminine accessories, COC will be giving out chocolate cigars.

“People should not be discouraged if they don’t have clothes that fit the theme. We want everyone to come. We are also giving away things that make any outfit complete,” said Sundar.

If you need another incentive to dress up and party like it’s 1920 at Snowball this year, COC will be giving out champagne glasses, taking pictures and having a photo booth at the event, so students could capture shots of the memorable night. Although students will not be served dinner at Snowball, there will be a lot of tasty hors d’oeuvres and drinks available.

Tickets have been on sale since Monday, Feb. 2. For the first week of ticket sales (Feb. 2 – Feb. 8), there is early bird pricing: $12 for singles and $20 for couples. Regular pricing for tickets will begin Monday, Feb. 9, when ticket prices rise to $20 for singles and $30 for couples.
Tickets will include food and transportation to the event. Annually, Snowball has been a huge event, and COC expects tickets to sell out quickly. You can purchase tickets at or the COC office in the Tinkham Veale University Center.

“COC wants this to be a dressy event that compares to prom, but they also want everyone to come out and have a great time,” said Sundar.

Event: Snowball
Location: Marriott Marriott Downtown at Key Center
Date: Feb. 20, 10 p.m.
Price: $12-20