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The Fashion Department welcomes all new students and welcomes back our returning students. We hope that everyone had a wonderful summer break! 

Exciting Fall News:

  • Former Fashion Technician, Ms. Leah Aronhime, has been hired as the full-time Fashion Design Studio Manager. In her new role, Leah will be supervising the Fashion Design Technicians and Work-Study Students, managing the day-to-day operations of the studio, overseeing the budget, assisting with extracurricular activities, teaching the FDES 101 Garment Construction Techniques courses, and other duties as assigned. Please join us in congratulating Leah in this new role. We are delighted to have a seasoned professional such as Leah join our team! 
  • The Fashion Design department is offering two new Fashion Design classes this semester:
    • FDES 101 Garment Construction and Techniques introduces students to the proper use, care, and operation of industrial equipment through hands-on experience. Students learn beginning sewing and pressing techniques by developing a sample book of various industrial sewing methods. As a result, the students will be well prepared to face the challenges of the upper level construction course along with other technical fashion design classes.
    • FDES/FMER315 Writing for Fashion is the first cross-linked class between the Fashion Design and Fashion Merchandising programs and is a new course beginning in fall 2015.  The course introduces students to professional writing for the fashion world.  Students will be able to write a fashion blog, complete writing assignments for both print and online channels and complete an interview with a fashion industry professional.
  • A water cooler was installed in the studio!  It filters both hot and cold water for use by students, faculty, and staff. No cups will be provided, so please bring whatever container you prefer.
  • The Annual Lego Challenge encourages participation of freshmen from all First Year Seminar classes to construct their version of Career Architecture out of Lego’s. This event will be held in the Owings Mills Gym on Friday, October 30th from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. It is open to the public, so please feel free to check it out.

Each of us in the Fashion Department welcomes you to a fabulous fall semester and invites you to attend our upcoming wonderful and exciting events!


We are delighted to announce that recent graduate, Ms. Katie Ellsworth, has secured a position as a Production Development Assistant with Paul Francis Designs LLC, which is located in Maryland. In this position, Katie will work on computer aided pattern manipulation and creation. She will also assist the head designer in crafting flats, tech packs, hangtags, and cutting.

Katie brought her Senior Collection to her interview; both Paul and his business partner Francis, admired the design, patternmaking, and construction of her line. Since her hire date, Paul has been extremely impressed with Katie's technical skills.

Paul Francis Designs LLC is a young company that is rapidly growing. The company is affiliated with Makers Row in NYC, a company that provides access to industry-specific contracts, factories, and suppliers across the U.S.  

There is potential in the future to place more interns in positions with the company that may lead to full-time employment. They have both been very supportive of the Fashion Design program and this summer they hired one of our current students as an intern.

Please take a look at both sites:













































We are delighted to announce that Stevenson University’s Fashion Design program was rated among the top 15 fashion schools on the East Coast according to Please read the wonderful press release

Below is the link to the Press Release, which was developed by the University that provides the details of our exciting ranking!

Information about the rankings can be found here:

Other related information about the selection process and the company can be found by going to links below:


The Fashion Department would like to welcome our newest adjunct professor, Min Cheung! She began teaching in the Fashion Design Department last spring, where she used her prior skills and knowledge from various fashion companies, such as 180s, to teach our Product Development Class.  During the fall semester Min will be instructing the students in the Garment Construction class.

Before she began teaching at a college level, part of her job responsibilities included boarding new hires and teaching them how to do their job efficiently while giving them the tools and knowledge on how to do the work correctly. Min’s many years of experience instructing and guiding new hires has given her the confidence to peruse teaching.

During my interview with Min, she told me that she “learned a lot this year by teaching the Product Development class.”  Teaching the Product Development class was her first time teaching at the college level.  Here she discovered that it is important to show students multiple ways of doing something, since everyone learns and comprehends information differently.

Min told me that she had, “great students this year! They were really interested in the class work and lectures, which made it easy for me to teach them.” She went on to say that, “every student I’ve met here at Stevenson is smart, dedicated, and passionate about his or her work. It shows in the questions they ask and in the work that they produce. I feel lucky that my first teaching experience has been here at Stevenson.”

Starting this fall, Min will be teaching Garment Construction.  As a Technical Designer she spent a lot of time working on garment construction with factories and working out intricate details on new ways to build garments. This class goes back to basics and Min hopes that everyone who takes Garment Construction builds a great foundation to take with them into their future endeavors. “I have some really excellent people here at Stevenson to help support me in teaching this class, so I’m confident that it will be another great success.”

We look forward to working with and learning from you, Min!!


In May 2014, Nicole Myrick was one of five of the first to graduate from Stevenson University’s Fashion Design Program.  Following her graduation, Nicole was invited by our Program Director, Sally DiMarco, to join the faculty in the Fashion Design Program as an adjunct professor.  For her first time teaching she instructed students in the FDES 201 – Flat Pattern I, FDES 210 – Illustration I, and FDES 305 – Computer Aided Design classes.  In the spring of 2015, Nicole taught the continuing classes FDES 301 – Flat Pattern II and FDES 302 – Illustration II. This fall semester she will resume teaching Flat Pattern but will also take on teaching the Senor Collection class.

Nicole grew up on the Olympic Peninsula in Washington State, but moved to Maryland to pursue her career in Fashion Design.  As a child, she began making clothes for her mother’s old Barbie dolls, as well as for her pets.  Although her mother taught her how to sew, she began teaching herself other fashion related techniques and skills, such as the art of dying fabrics.  In addition to teaching at Stevenson, Nicole has worked for Erin Draper Designs as a pattern maker, and continues to work on her own line.

Welcome to our team Nicole!

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