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Fashion Design & Merchandising News

Date: Oct 2014

On Sunday, September 28, the public was invited to the 2014 ManneqART Awards Gala at the Peter and Elizabeth Herowitz Performing Arts Center at Howard Community College. 

I was decked out in one of the dresses I created for my Senior Collection as a student and joined Fashion Design Department faculty members Ms. Sally DiMarco, Ms. Leah Aronhime, and Ms. Nicole Myrick.

Together we went to support one of the Fashion Design’s board members, Lee Anderson, the founder and president of ManneqART, who launched her second annual National Wearable Arts Competition.

Additionally, we proudly supported our very own student, Ms. Deneen Watson, the first from the Stevenson University’s Fashion Design Program, who received an award for the beautiful costume she created.

The Awards Gala was stunning and unlike any event I have ever been to. The evening began with a cocktail reception where one could enjoy a variety of savory finger foods, wine, and beer.

During this time, models mingled with guests as they ate, drank, and showed off their unique art sculptural costumes.

Guests were encouraged to take photographs of, and with, the beautiful wearable artworks. An hour of photographing models in their costumes, talking with their designers, and eating and drinking, we were invited into the theater to claim our seats and enjoy the presentation of the fifty winning costumes of this year’s competition. A mixture of models and dancers presented the pieces on stage though the art of storytelling.

Once the visual adventure, “Caterpillar’s Journey,” was complete, guests and models returned to reception area for delectable desserts and coffee.

This event was truly innovative and I am excited to see what designers create for next year’s competition.

For more information on past, present, and future themes please visit http://manneqart.org/

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) http://successinstyle.org/, 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....Learn More

Courtney Roberts, a former student of Stevenson University, has recently created her first collection of stunningly gorgeous, red carpet worthy dresses.  She was assisted by her former internship supervisor, Manish Singh, who works as a designer and private label manufacturer at Victor Rossi. Mr. Singh stated that he “has known Courtney for a few years and had the pleasure of assisting Courtney with her designs.”  We, in the Fashion Design Department, are extremely proud to see one of our own students mature into such an accomplished fashion designer.

Congratulations Courtney!    

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