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Fashion Design & Merchandising News

Date: Dec 2015

                             Qajar Art Movement Interpreted by Benish Masih ‘17

By: Ashley Ables

       Walking into the Fine Art of Fashion reception was a feast for the eyes. Decorating the room were exhibits of handmade clothing designed by the Stevenson University fashion design students. With the help of fashion merchandising students, exhibit boards were created depicting a theme of either an art movement or an artist. Students from the Carroll County Career and Technology Center collaborated with the Stevenson fashion students to form a frame around the display of the apparel to match the art theme. ...Learn More


“You know, you should go on that show.  What’s the name of it? Yeah, Project Runway” is what everyone says when they first find out I design clothes.  Secondly, they say, “if I were you, I would make everything I wear!”  Really, when you are a one-woman show, you do not have that kind of time to make all your clothes.  You want to clothe everyone else. You are busy trying to build your business, gain customers, and if you are a mom like myself, be the best you can and deal with that little thing called “life.” ...Learn More


You are cordially invited to attend the opening night festivities for the "Fine Art of Fashion" exhibit this Thursday, December 3, 2015 at 6:00 p.m. This FREE event will be located in the Saint Paul Pavilion on the Greenspring campus, 1525 Greenspring Valley Road, Stevenson, MD 21153.

For additional information about this outstanding exhibition, you can read details in one of our recent blog posts. You can also view teaser photos from the exhibit featured on the S.U. Fashion Design Facebook page.

We look forward to seeing you at this exciting event!


By:  Breezy Ward

Before I got too distracted by all of the gorgeous clothing that was being carefully laid out before me, I wanted to get some background about the coolest Adjunct Instructor at Stevenson University, Meredith Page.  Meredith not only teaches two courses as a member of the Fashion Design department, but also has procured and donated a collection of historic clothing to the School of Design. The collection includes pieces from the early 1900’s through the 1980’s.

Meredith found a love of fashion and what I can only describe as a remarkable and moving appreciation for detail when she was fifteen, and her parents brought home a sewing machine as a gift. Unsure that she wanted anything to do with it, she feigned indifference until her parents called her bluff and went about returning the misfit toy. She decided to keep it, began learning how to sew, and the rest, as they say, is history.


Each piece of clothing is whimsically unique and genuine, much like Meredith herself. One of my personal favorites, which I was fortunate enough to try on, was an Emilio Pucci blouse from the late 1960’s. Just looking at the vibrant colors within it lifted my mood. Even more unbelievable was the beading and intricate stitching of those pieces from earlier eras like the 1930’s and 1940’s pictured here.  This collection is used as examples of historic dress in the fashion design course, History of Fashion, a requirement in the fashion design major.  


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