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We would like to send a warm welcome to both our new and returning students!  There are many exciting events that fashion design majors will be participating in this semester such as the Lego Challenge, the Student Bridal Exhibition, and the “We Are One in Fashion” exhibit.

The Lego Challenge encourages participation 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, November 7th from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. 

An Opening reception will take place at the Cheri Amour Boutique in Savage Mill, Maryland on Thursday, November 6th from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., where the Student Bridal Exhibition will feature repurposed wedding gowns created by the students enrolled in the FDES 417 Fashion Design Internship class. ...Click here to read more.


[Fashion Design Studio Manager Ms. Erika Yuille with Program Coordinator, Associate Professor Sally M. Di Marco] 

We would like to congratulate Ms. Erika Yuille for her promotion from Fashion Design Technician to Fashion Design Studio Manager! Her new role will consist of supervising the Fashion Design Technicians as well as a Work-Study student assigned to the program. 

Ms. Yuille will provide assistance to the technicians and work-study student in all of the technical fashion design classes, as well as during the Open Studio periods. Encouraged and trained by both grandmothers, Ms. Yuille, has been transforming raw materials into finished products since she was five years old.

In 2007, she earned her AS in Fashion Design under the instruction of our program coordinator Sally Di Marco, who invited Erika to tutor, and later to teach, basic and advanced sewing, and tailoring as an adjunct upon her graduation. She also provided all the photographs for Ms. DiMarco’s book, “Basic Draping.” We are very excited to work with, and learn from, Ms. Erika in her new role!

[A few of our student interns from left to right: Nakia Boomer, Abagail Austin, Victoria Clark, Shayna Hardesty, and Jocelyn Williams]

The fashion design program would like to congratulate the following students on their internships this summer. These ladies are working hard and are fulfilling the internship requirements for graduation by working with various fashion related companies around Maryland. The real-world experiences they are adding to their repertoire of skills will not only be helpful in the upcoming semester's course-work, but also when they seek full-time employment in the fashion industry.

  • Elizabeth Altaye: Avalon Company
  • Abagail Austin: Carlisle-Etcetera Company (a sister company to English American)
  • Nakia Boomer: 180's Company
  • Victoria Clark: Julie Bent on the set of ”Could it B12; the story of Sally Pacholok”
  • Edna Jones: Victor Rossi Company
  • Amber Lloyd: Under Armour Company
  • Sherese Mc Lean: Jody Davis Designs, Inc.
  • Caitlin Szlivassy: Nordstrom's Management Training Program
  • Daneen Watson: Lee Anderson, Inc.
  • Na Chelle Vaugh: Joseph A. Bank Company

[Left to Right: Abagail Austin, Amber Lloyd, Program Coordinator, Associate Professor Sally M. Di Marco, Caitlin Szlivassy, and Shayna Hardesty]

The 2014 Fall Draping II class will be participating in the Fashion Design department's 3rd annual gallery exhibition, “We Are One in Fashion.” This exhibition will display original fashions created by the junior fashion design majors for men, women, and children inspired by the traditional clothing worn by different countries and cultures from around the world.

In order to get a head start and better prepare themselves, the students requested to have summer meetings with Program Coordinator and Professor Sally DiMarco and the Studio Manager Erika Yuille. During these summer sessions the students are encouraged to begin designing, draping, and choosing culturally appropriate fabrics.   

[Top: Ruthie Edwards and Fara Topolsky. Bottom: Nicole Myrick and Program Coordinator, Associate Professor Sally M. Di Marco]

(Not pictured: Kaelin Clements and Shayna Hardesty)

We are excited to congratulate the first graduates of Stevenson University’s School of Design Fashion Design Program! On May 9 of this year, the first group of students received their Bachelor degrees in Fashion Design: Kaelin Clements, Ruthie Edwards, Shayna Hardesty, Nicole Myrick, and I (Fara Topolsky).

Since graduating, Shayna has begun working for Zita Apparel in Los Angeles, a new private label manufacturer. As a result of the skill set she was introduced to and worked hard to improve upon here at Stevenson, she is able to perform many tasks for the company. Shayna performs tasks such as sketching on the computer, creating tech packs, researching trends, creating designs, and communicating with their manufacturers in Asia.

Additionally, my experience and in-depth familiarity with the program has led me to be transition from student to technician, and I will be teaching next semester in the Fashion Design Program. 

Continue to check back on this blog for more updates about our program's talented students and graduates. 

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