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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.

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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!


[Future Scholars: Keralin, Sdhari, Erin, and Jennifer]

This past Saturday, on February 14th, we hosted a handful of future fashion design students and their families in the design studio.  Future students, Keralin, Sdhari, Jennifer, and Erin, spent the morning learning about the program and engaged in hands-on projects. 


Our Fashion Design Program Coordinator, Ms. Sally Di Marco, gave a brief overview of the program.  Ms. Erika Yuille, the Fashion Design Studio Manager, gave the ladies hands-on demonstrations on the irons, industrial sewing machines, and provided materials so that the students could play with our felting machine.  Professor Leslie Simpson, demonstrated how to use the sergers and then gave the ladies fabric so that they could practice using the machines.  Our Senior Fashion Design Technician, Fara Topolsky, engaged with our future students, as well as their parents, and displayed her stunning Senior Collection.


In honor of Valentine’s Day, we provided each scholar with an FDES Goody Bag, handmade felted hearts, and Valentine’s Day themed snacks.


                                                                      Today is the Big Day!

Congratulations to fashion design students, Kelsey Pearson, Jasmine Ward, Sherese Mclean, Rana Kurban, Amber Lloyd, Abbey Austin, and Na'Chelle Vaughauns, as they showcase their collection of globally inspired children's clothing as part of the "HOME" exhibit at Hood College.  A special thanks to the Fashion Design program's Senior Fashion Design Technician, Ms. Fara Topolsky, for coordinating the event with Hood College and participating in the Opening Night events tonight, February 19, 2015, while the students are showcasing selected pieces of their globally inspired collection at New York Fashion Week.

We want to wish the best of luck to our alumni: Fara Topolsky, Sherie Jones, and Nicole Myrick, and to our students: Victoria Clark, Rahima Dondurur, Jasmine Ward, Sherese Mclean, Katie Ellsworth, Rana Kurban, Kelsey Pearson, Nakia Boomer, Ashley Danos, Monique Bucknor, Na'Chelle Vaughauns, Jocelyn Williams, Abbey Austin, and Amber Lloyd.  These 17 talented ladies will be showcasing select pieces of their collection at Plitzs Fashion Week 2015 this evening, February 19th.  Ladies, you are all going to rock the runway today in the Big Apple!!


Exactly one week from today on Thursday, February 19th, Stevenson University Fashion Design students, along with three alumni, will be showcasing their designs at Plitz Fashion Marketing during New York Fashion Week! 









Everyone is full of excitement and stress! Since students were unable to attend a model call in New York for the fashion show they were each assigned their own model, rather than being responsible for finding their own model. However, each designer was responsible for contacting the model assigned to them to discuss measurements, shoes, and accessories. 

Students are working around the clock to complete their garments, coordinate their garments with the size and height of their models, and make travel and hotel arrangements for their stay in New York.

One of our students, Sherese Mclean, posted to her Facebook page, “Like my dress is gonna be in a fashion show during New York fashion week in 8 days. This can't be real. All I can do is thank God for the amazing opportunity!”

The Plitz Fashion Show during New York’s 2015 Fashion Week will be held at the historic Hotel Pennsylvania, which is located in the heart of the garment district.  Tickets for this event will be sold at the door for $20 per person....Click here to read more.

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