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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. 


[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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