Stevenson University’s (SU) Fashion Design program in collaboration with the Cherie Amour boutique located in Savage Mill, MD will present, A Bridal Party, a display of one-of-a-kind, repurposed bridal gowns. The junior and senior fashion design majors enrolled in the FDES 417 Fashion Design Internship class taught by Professor Leslie Simpson have created the pieces. The display is open to the public and it kicks off with a reception on Wednesday, November 5, 2014 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the boutique.

Cherie Amour is a supporting retail boutique of the local non-profit, Success in Style (SIS), which was founded by Mrs. Jeannette Kendall in 2002. The company also operates Charity’s Closet, a resale boutique for women and teens, and Phil’s Closet, an upscale resale store for men. According to Jeannette Kendell, “donating a wedding gown is one of the best ways to honor the dress and prevent it from wasting away in a closet for years.”

Under the tutelage of SU’s Fashion Design Studio Manager, Mrs. Erika Yuille, the students deconstructed the wedding gowns and repurposed each piece. These elegant and modern gowns, begging to be worn down the aisle again, will be available for sale in the boutique.

The updated gowns along with many other beautiful styles range in sizes and affordable prices.

All proceeds from the sales of the gowns and accessories support the noble mission of SIS of providing stylish business attire to disadvantaged individuals seeking employment.

The students enrolled in the internship class, in addition to working in the fashion design industry are required to do a Service Learning project as part of the course.

The Fashion Design program’s coordinator, Professor Sally Di Marco, noted that this valuable career experience “builds upon the skills that the students learn in their technical fashion design classes, combines learning goals, and engages them in the community.”

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