Welcome back to the 2017 fall semester with the Fashion Design and Merchandising Department!!  

We would like to start off by wishing all of our new and returning students an excellent start to the new year! We have many exciting things to share with you!

· We would like to give a warm welcome to our new Fashion Design and Merchandising Chair, Mr. Forest Bell! Having just recently moved from Dallas, TX, Forest Bell grew up in Northern Virginia, attending the Corcoran College of Art and Design and received his BFA in Fine Art. He went on to attend Drexel University and received a MS in Fashion Design. After graduation, he relocated to Dallas where he has gained a wealth of experience in teaching at the college level and creating fashion over the last ten years. He teaches courses in Construction, Pattern Making (beginning – advanced), Draping (beginning – advanced), Fashion Illustrations (beginning – advanced), Photoshop, Illustrator, Knitwear, Evening Wear, Technical Design and Specialty Studios. This semester at Stevenson, Professor Bell will be teaching Senior Studio and Illustration.

· Please welcome back Ms. Annie Kaufman. Annie is proficient in Flat Pattern but will be teaching our Draping and Computer Aided Design courses this year. Annie is thrilled to be back at the new and improved Stevenson. Since starting her fashion training at Baltimore City Community College and completing it at Drexel University, Annie has had several exciting fashion adventures, working as a pattern maker for Norma Kamali in New York City, and for STX in Baltimore, where she became an expert in lacrosse gloves and transformed their sample making process.

· Don’t forget about the SU Fall Break/Holiday! Please note that the college will be CLOSED on Monday, October 9 and Tuesday, October 10.

· Join us for our New York City bus trip on Friday, October 13th. This trip will include tours to WGSN, Mood Fabrics, FIT Museum, as well as visits to other fashion businesses in the city. There will be free time for students roam the city! For more information about this trip please contact Leslie Simpson or Holly Lentz-Schiller.

· You won’t want to miss out on Mustangs Make a Difference Day, which is a campus-wide day of service designed to carry on the tradition of SU’s “Build Community Day” without the need for students to travel off-campus. It is a way for students, faculty, and staff to make a positive difference while promoting our University value of “promoting a sense of community”. For the past two years, Mustangs Make a Difference Day (MMDD) has been a student-run “Day to Serve” with various classes, clubs, organizations, and honor societies hosting stations that provide service activities to meet various needs of community partners in the Baltimore region and beyond. We are one of the over 700 events listed throughout MD, WV, VA, and DC listed on the “Day to Serve” website - http://www.daytoserve.org/map. This governors’ initiative is meant to “unite people of all faiths, races, cultures, and backgrounds with the shared goal of helping those in need and improving the communities where we live.” (http://www.daytoserve.org/). Mustangs Make a Difference Day event will take place on Friday, September 29th. 

· Our students will once again be showcasing in New York Fashion Week in 2018!! Both Fashion design and Merchandising majors are encouraged to participate. Contact Studio Manager, Leah Aronhime, for more details on this fabulous and exciting experience.

· Stevenson University’s Fashion Design program presents, “Sustainability in Fashion, Empathy for the Environment,” an exhibition of original garments created by junior fashion design majors. Students will showcase experimental garments derived from recycled, repurposed and found objects accompanied by an innovative eveningwear design. Stevenson’s fashion design and merchandising majors will create exhibition boards that tell the story of each designers’ influences. These beautiful garments will be displayed at the new Academic Center on the Owings Mills North campus. Please join us for the Opening Reception on Thursday, November 30th from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Please continue to check out our blog for more information regarding future events and cool blogs written by students from the Writing for Fashion course!!

The Fashion Design and Merchandising Department welcomes you to a most fabulous fall semester!