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On Sunday, September 28, the public was invited to the 2014 ManneqART Awards Gala at the Peter and Elizabeth Herowitz Performing Arts Center at Howard Community College. 

I was decked out in one of the dresses I created for my Senior Collection as a student and joined Fashion Design Department faculty members Ms. Sally DiMarco, Ms. Leah Aronhime, and Ms. Nicole Myrick.

Together we went to support one of the Fashion Design’s board members, Lee Anderson, the founder and president of ManneqART, who launched her second annual National Wearable Arts Competition.

Additionally, we proudly supported our very own student, Ms. Deneen Watson, the first from the Stevenson University’s Fashion Design Program, who received an award for the beautiful costume she created.

The Awards Gala was stunning and unlike any event I have ever been to. The evening began with a cocktail reception where one could enjoy a variety of savory finger foods, wine, and beer.

During this time, models mingled with guests as they ate, drank, and showed off their unique art sculptural costumes.

Guests were encouraged to take photographs of, and with, the beautiful wearable artworks. An hour of photographing models in their costumes, talking with their designers, and eating and drinking, we were invited into the theater to claim our seats and enjoy the presentation of the fifty winning costumes of this year’s competition. A mixture of models and dancers presented the pieces on stage though the art of storytelling.

Once the visual adventure, “Caterpillar’s Journey,” was complete, guests and models returned to reception area for delectable desserts and coffee.

This event was truly innovative and I am excited to see what designers create for next year’s competition.

For more information on past, present, and future themes please visit http://manneqart.org/

Courtney Roberts, a former student of Stevenson University, has recently created her first collection of stunningly gorgeous, red carpet worthy dresses.  She was assisted by her former internship supervisor, Manish Singh, who works as a designer and private label manufacturer at Victor Rossi. Mr. Singh stated that he “has known Courtney for a few years and had the pleasure of assisting Courtney with her designs.”  We, in the Fashion Design Department, are extremely proud to see one of our own students mature into such an accomplished fashion designer.

Congratulations Courtney!    

The FDES 303, Fashion Design IV – Draping II class is working with their instructor, Sally Di Marco, to prepare for the, “We Are One in Fashion” exhibition. These junior fashion design majors will be creating original designs influenced by the traditional garments of foreign countries.  Please join us at the Saint Paul Pavilion on the Greenspring Campus for a reception on Thursday, December 4, 2014 from 6-8 p.m.

We look forward to bringing you the unique fashions of the Draping II class! 

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!

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