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Stevenson University Fashion Design Students Collaborate with Cherie Amour Boutique to Produce Re-Purposed Bridal Gowns

October 10, 2014 3:00 PM
Junior Fashion Design major Abigail Austin (left) works with Success in Style President/CEO Jeannette Kendall on a repurposed bridal gown at Stevenson's Fashion Design Studio.

Stevenson University’s Fashion Design program in collaboration with the Cherie Amour boutique will present, “A Bridal Party,” an exhibition of one-of-a-kind, repurposed bridal gowns. The display is open to the public and kicks off with a reception on Wednesday, November 5, from 5-8 p.m. at the boutique, located in historic Savage Mill, 8600 Foundry Street, Savage, MD 20763.

The gowns—some of which were first worn in the 1970s and 80s—have been deconstructed, redesigned, and re-purposed by junior and senior fashion design majors enrolled in Stevenson’s Fashion Design Internship course. The gowns range in size and price and will be available for sale in the boutique, with all proceeds supporting Success In Style, a non-profit that works to provide stylish business attire to disadvantaged individuals seeking employment.

“I am ecstatic about the partnership between Stevenson and Success In Style,” said Jeannette Kendall, President/CEO of Success in Style. “Each wedding gown redesign will be executed beautifully, be on-trend, and be a tribute to the fine fashion design program at Stevenson University.”

Additionally, the students enrolled in the internship class, are required to do a Service Learning project as a part of the course.

“This valuable career experience builds on the skills that the students learn in their technical fashion design classes, combines learning goals, and engages them in the community,” said Sally DiMarco, Program Coordinator and Associate Professor of Fashion Design.

Stevenson University, known for its distinctive career focus, is the third-largest independent undergraduate university in Maryland with more than 4,400 students pursuing bachelor’s, master’s, and adult bachelor’s programs at locations in Stevenson and Owings Mills. 

 
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