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Fashion Design & Merchandising News

Date: Feb 2015


[Future Scholars: Keralin, Sdhari, Erin, and Jennifer]

This past Saturday, on February 14th, we hosted a handful of future fashion design students and their families in the design studio.  Future students, Keralin, Sdhari, Jennifer, and Erin, spent the morning learning about the program and engaged in hands-on projects. 


Our Fashion Design Program Coordinator, Ms. Sally Di Marco, gave a brief overview of the program.  Ms. Erika Yuille, the Fashion Design Studio Manager, gave the ladies hands-on demonstrations on the irons, industrial sewing machines, and provided materials so that the students could play with our felting machine.  Professor Leslie Simpson, demonstrated how to use the sergers and then gave the ladies fabric so that they could practice using the machines.  Our Senior Fashion Design Technician, Fara Topolsky, engaged with our future students, as well as their parents, and displayed her stunning Senior Collection.


In honor of Valentine’s Day, we provided each scholar with an FDES Goody Bag, handmade felted hearts, and Valentine’s Day themed snacks.


The Stevenson University Fashion Design Program will be holding two more model calls for the program's annual show, "A Common Thread," in May 2015. 

To audition for this year’s fashion show, please attend either of these two model call dates:

Tuesday, February 24th, 2015 – 6:00pm to 8:30pm


Sunday, March 1st, 2015 – 10:00am to 2:00pm

These model calls will be held on the Owings Mills campus at Rockland in the Fashion Design Studio, which is located in the back of Rockland in room 008.

This show is a consistently sold out event and is attended by local industry professionals from companies such as Under Armour, J. Crew, and Nordstrom.

The program's design students are looking for both female and male models to audition.

No experience is required and although this is a serious production, it is also a lot of fun!

Feel free to send an email to any of the show producers listed below for more information. Hope to see you there!


Jocelyn Williams:
Nakia Boomer:
Katie Ellsworth:


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                                                                      Today is the Big Day!

Congratulations to fashion design students, Kelsey Pearson, Jasmine Ward, Sherese Mclean, Rana Kurban, Amber Lloyd, Abbey Austin, and Na'Chelle Vaughauns, as they showcase their collection of globally inspired children's clothing as part of the "HOME" exhibit at Hood College.  A special thanks to the Fashion Design program's Senior Fashion Design Technician, Ms. Fara Topolsky, for coordinating the event with Hood College and participating in the Opening Night events tonight, February 19, 2015, while the students are showcasing selected pieces of their globally inspired collection at New York Fashion Week.

We want to wish the best of luck to our alumni: Fara Topolsky, Sherie Jones, and Nicole Myrick, and to our students: Victoria Clark, Rahima Dondurur, Jasmine Ward, Sherese Mclean, Katie Ellsworth, Rana Kurban, Kelsey Pearson, Nakia Boomer, Ashley Danos, Monique Bucknor, Na'Chelle Vaughauns, Jocelyn Williams, Abbey Austin, and Amber Lloyd.  These 17 talented ladies will be showcasing select pieces of their collection at Plitzs Fashion Week 2015 this evening, February 19th.  Ladies, you are all going to rock the runway today in the Big Apple!!


Exactly one week from today on Thursday, February 19th, Stevenson University Fashion Design students, along with three alumni, will be showcasing their designs at Plitz Fashion Marketing during New York Fashion Week! 









Everyone is full of excitement and stress! Since students were unable to attend a model call in New York for the fashion show they were each assigned their own model, rather than being responsible for finding their own model. However, each designer was responsible for contacting the model assigned to them to discuss measurements, shoes, and accessories. 

Students are working around the clock to complete their garments, coordinate their garments with the size and height of their models, and make travel and hotel arrangements for their stay in New York.

One of our students, Sherese Mclean, posted to her Facebook page, “Like my dress is gonna be in a fashion show during New York fashion week in 8 days. This can't be real. All I can do is thank God for the amazing opportunity!”

The Plitz Fashion Show during New York’s 2015 Fashion Week will be held at the historic Hotel Pennsylvania, which is located in the heart of the garment district.  Tickets for this event will be sold at the door for $20 per person....Learn More

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