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Fashion Design & Merchandising News

Date: Mar 2015

“In demonstrating natural dyeing for the Introduction to Textiles class, it showed the original way fabric was dyed using herbs, flowers, and vegetables.  We used turmeric and red cabbage as the dye sources.  The experiment also showed students a more sustainable way to dye fabric using natural dyes as well as how much time and energy it takes to make the beautiful colors we see in our clothing today.” – Professor, Leslie Simpson

On Monday, March 30th, 2015, Professor Leslie Simpson and I demonstrated a natural fabric dying with her Introduction to Textiles class.  We began with boiling water in two pots on an electric portable double burner.  Once the water came to a rolling boil we added hand shredded week old red cabbage to one pot, turmeric powder to the other pot, and a tablespoon of kosher salt to each pot.  Following the steps in a natural dying video tutorial we found (the link is posted below), we allowed the red cabbage and the turmeric to boil for 30 minutes. While the dye was boiling I pre-soaked our strips of natural fabrics in warm water.  Once the red cabbage was finished boiling, Professor Simpson, strained the dye, and poured the water, free of cabbage pieces, back into the pot.  We then split our fabric in half, placing half of our natural fabrics in the turmeric pot and the other half in the red cabbage pot, which we then let boil for 45 minutes.  The students participated by pulling the fabric strips from the dye, rising, and drying it. 










Please check out the helpful YouTube video we used as a guideline for our natural dye test: “How-To Make Your Own Natural Dye with the EtsyLabs”


We would like to thank Nikki, the founder of 3Clothing, for taking the time to speak to our fashion design and merchandising students in our Fashion Design studio during the Introduction to Textiles class.  The students found her lively presentation very informative and educational. The line of clothing that she shared with us is very innovated, wearable, and functional.  Nikki was an inspiration to the students and we are so grateful for her support.

“Nikki had a wonderful time speaking to the Fashion Merchandising students today at Stevenson University! We made some great connections and met some amazing students. Thanks again!” – 3Clothing
















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We wish to sincerely thank Mr. Gary Cuddington and his team for including the children’s wear collection created by Stevenson Fashion Design junior students, as part of the Hood College Fashion-Photography Exhibit depicting ideas of “Home.” Our students, Abigail Austin, Rana Kurban, Amber Llyod, Sherese McLean, Kelsey Pearson, Na’Chelle Vaughans, and Jasmine Ward, were honored to be included in the exhibit and to showcase side-by-side with photography students from both institutions. 



Our students and our Program Coordinator, Sally Di Marco, were unable to attend the opening night festivities because selected pieces of their globally inspired collection were gracing the runway that evening at the grand ballroom of the historic Hotel Pennsylvania during New York Fashion Week. Our Fashion Design program’s Senior Technician, Ms. Fara Topolsky spearheaded the project with Hood and worked with Mr. Cuddington during the installation phase, and single-handedly represented the Stevenson University’s Fashion Design program at the opening reception in a most professional manner. 



The Stevenson University fashion design students offered a diverse technical fashion display that paid homage to global fashion.  Their pieces were inspired by the traditional clothing of Egypt, the colors of Hawaii and Africa, the ethnic garments of India and Japan, the Royal family of England, and the drama of the matador’s cape of Spain. The collection captures the idea that home is where the heart is, and brings various interpretations of fashion back Home through fabric, texture, color, style, and environment.











We would like to also thank the Hood College community for supporting our exhibit.



The Fashion Design department is delighted to share an article in the “Southern Maryland Newpapers Online,” which features our junior fashion design student, Ms. Jasmine Ward.

Please visit the link below to read about Ms. Wards journey from high school to showcasing her design, along with fellow students, at New York Fashion Week this February.

Congratulations, Jasmine!!

We are extremely pleased to share with you that the PGM-PRO Inc., a company that specialized in manufacturing dress forms, has donated three dress forms to the Stevenson University Fashion Design Program through their PGM 2015 Educational Sponsorship Program!

Our program is grateful to Ms. Rebecca Ustrell, the Education Purchasing and Donations Director, for working with our Program Coordinator, Sally DiMarco, over the last month to make the donation happen for our students.

Included are pictures and testimonials about the forms from our senior student, Katie Ellsworth, who is draping a garment of an original design for her Senior Collection on a PGM form, and sophomore students, Benish Masih and Tiffany Street, draping with gingham on the PGM dress forms during their Draping I class. 



Benish Masih – “I love that the PGM forms have collapsible shoulders, and that the height is so  easily adjustable. I am short and this makes it much easier for me to drape on them as compared to other forms I have worked with.”











Tiffany Street – “I like that PGM creates forms that are more realistic to the natural body.  Since the forms already include breasts and backsides, I believe that my draping is much more accurate.”








Katie Ellsworth – “I enjoy using PGM Model forms for several reasons. I specifically enjoy the amount of padding, which allows for ease of pinning and security of the drape. I also appreciate the legs; which is a new development in our studio mannequins. Overall, the forms are well proportioned."   








We look forward to a long-term partnership with the PGM-PRO Company. 

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