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Fashion Design & Merchandising News

By the first week of June all packing had been completed and everything had been moved to Owings Mills North.  Immediately after the move, Studio Manager, Leah Aronhime, and I began unpacking and we have been diligently working on setting up the new studio for the last few weeks!

In my last blog, I mentioned our need for expansion. Well… our former studio consisted of one large room with a cubicle wall to separate the sewing equipment from the CAD lab –most excitingly we now have two beautiful sewing studios, a textile room, and a CAD lab!!

Please enjoy few teaser pictures of our new studio!


                     [Pictured: Candiesas Harris, Sherese McLean, and Jasmine Ward]

On a beautiful spring day, Stevenson University’s 63rd Commencement Ceremony took place on the Greenspring campus.  At 3pm, on Thursday, May 19th five fashion design seniors, Elizabeth Altaye, Candiesas Harris, Sherese McLean, Janic’e Sethman, and Jasmine Ward, excitedly crossed the stage, officially completing their Bachelor’s Degrees in Fashion Design with a minor in Art.  





Prior to graduating, Janic’e Sethman, began working for Paul Francis Designs, based in Towson, Maryland, and is still currently a part of their cutting and sewing team. 



Jasmine Ward will be a featured “Couture Designer” on the runway at “A Night of Fashion.”  This fashion extravaganza will take place on July 30th, 2016 at 6pm.  Please check out the following website to get more information about the fashion show and to purchase tickets!




Elizabeth Altaye told me, “I am trying to put together a fashion studio in my basement.”





Congratulations Ladies!

We wish you the best of luck with your future fashion endeavors!

The last week of classes for students typically means writing final papers, turning in last projects, and taking final exams; in other words, it signifies the end of the semester.  For the Fashion Design department, the last week of classes represents the end of our very first 5 years on the Owings Mills Campus!

For those who don’t know, we are moving! While our original studio was a great starter space, we have simply run out of room for both our equipment and our students; we need to expand our space as our program continues to grow!

Packing has officially begun and moving will take place in just a few short weeks.    With much anticipation, the Fashion Design Department will be relocated to its brand new studio!!! Our new splendid quarters will be located at the Academic Center, which is located on the Owings Mills North campus adjacent to the School of Design (11200 Ted Hergert Way, Owings Mills, MD 21117). The fashion design studios and offices are located on the 2nd floor.

Check in for more updates on our new space!


By: Rana Kurban

           I am a junior in the fashion design program at Stevenson, and I volunteered as a Child Model Coordinator for the fifth annual show, Fashion Expressions.  I was in charge of making sure all child models were in the assigned room before and after the start of the show. As part of my duties, I also helped the child models with dressing into their next outfit for the show.  

           Working behind-the-scenes was an awesome experience as I got to help with getting the models ready (i.e. makeup and wardrobe). Dressing the models within a three-minute timeframe in the middle of the show can be the craziest minutes of one’s life. In that three-minute timeframe, you have no idea whether your garment would fit on the model or if the garment will rip. Fortunately, there were no mishaps, models were dressed accordingly, and all the duties on my part as Coordinator were fulfilled.

            Like any fashion show, this year’s fashion show served as none other than remarkable. Every year, new designs are showcased and talent is exceeded beyond wild expectations.  As I gradually approach my last and final year as a student in the fashion design program, I am grateful to be part of an amazing community and doing my best in whatever I do.  Most of all, I cannot wait to see where my major and life takes me down the road.  I will also be presenting my own senior collection in next year’s show as a designer!

By: Kelsi Riley

Spring time is right around the corner, and many trends are beginning to get pretty popular around campus. Stevenson is known to have many late night events where students come in their best dressed, formal attire.  Studying fashion has broadened my horizons in the fashion world and encouraged me to not stick to one style but try many! Spring time allows you to try multiple looks for night and day in the most comfortable weather. It’s not every day a college informs their students what’s “poppin” for the spring time!




Our first spring trend is rompers with a touch of florals! Not only are rompers fashionable, but they are very comfortable. You are able to dress up rompers or be a plain Jane in style while wearing a fashionable romper. Let’s not forget about gladiator sandals that puts the icing on the cake when completing an outfit.



(Angel Carter)






Another trend is for evening attire! The crop top is one of our ‘favs’ on the Stevenson campus during the spring time.  You can dress it up with some strappy, cut-up heels as you dress for that evening party in Rockland!




                                                                                      (Taraya Pettaway)

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