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ManneqArt is a Non-Profit Organization for Education in the Arts, in which focus is placed on “bringing Wearable Art to the attention of the American public.” During my interview with founder, Lee Anderson, I learned many important details about ManneqArt, its competition, and awards.

Hundreds of people apply for the competition each year, although only 80 applicants are accepted.  This contest is open to college students, high school students, and middle school students; anyone else across the United States who wishes to create original designs is encouraged to participate even if they have never designed before. 

There are only four basic rules:

  1. The design must be able to be worn by a live person; if a design is glued to a mannequin, it can be displayed but will not qualify for the competition.
  2. The design must not include any items that would injure a model, such as sharp objects.
  3. The design must allow movement for models to travel up and down stairs; this is also a safety concern. However, designs do not have to allow models the ability to 
  4. ...Click here to read more.


Please join us in congratulating alumna Ms. Jocelyn Williams on her promotion with OneKreate! OneKreate is a locally-based company that specializes in creating "dynamic content for clients though photography, video, design and technology" and is contracted by Under Armour. ...Click here to read more.


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....Click here to read more.


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.


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