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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.  



By Sarah Bacon

As a senior fashion-merchandising student, I have taken great interest in hair accessories and the crafting of them. “Flowers in Her Hair by Sarah Michelle” is a small company I created to sell my handmade flower crowns. They are sold at a small boutique where I interned, and I receive requests for weddings, photo shoots, concerts, and other occasions. 

When someone mentions flower crowns or flower headbands, many people automatically think of raves, concerts, or hippies. My main focus is to create a sophisticated, one of a kind headband for any individual based on their fashion interest. Throughout history, many types of hair ornamentation and the materials from which they were made indicated religious significance, social class, age group, and level of fashion awareness. Hair ornaments are infinitely varied in shape, size, and materials and add pizazz to any outfit.

First, I start with abalone dyed Nubuck leather which gives off a natural look and is strong, easy to handle, and attractive. Second, the quality of the flowers I use is very important. Silk flowers are the best because they give a very realistic look and don’t fade or tear. When choosing the colors, you need to do your research to see what colors are trending for each season. Lastly, the beads I place at the end of each headband helps to anchor it and makes the headbands more appealing and personal. I will use glass or pewter beads to customize each headband with the individual’s initials or a phrase such as “I heart you”.  Each headband takes great thought and patience while constructing it.  


The Fashion Design department

would like to wish everyone

a wonderful, safe, and most delicious



By Rebecca Porter

When arriving at college for the first time, freshmen can find the new experience overwhelming. Rebecca Porter (RP), Fashion Merchandising major, asked Courtney Queen (CQ), a senior Human Services major and Fashion Design minor, to give advice for incoming freshmen.

RP:  Living with someone new is scary. Before coming to college, freshmen get to either choose or are randomly assigned roommates. What did you do, and would you recommend something different?...Learn More

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