Award Winning Faculty
We are thrilled to announce that part-time Fashion Design faculty member Beata Kania won the 2013 Hand & Lock Prize for Embroidery Design!
Read her interview.
Assistant Professor Kate Schaefer took a group of students throughout Florence, Italy for a 5 week course entitled “Fashion in Italy: Visual Strategies in Retail”. The course was designed for upper level students to study the various marketing and merchandising techniques used by retailers ranging from gift shops, market vendors, boutiques, and department stores. Students visited museums, markets, and retailers to analyze the product placement, fixturing, and promotional campaigns. Class visits included The Gucci Museum, Ferragamo Shoe Museum, a leather school, and local and international retailers, among other cultural sites. Side trips included Milan, Rome, Venice, Lake Garda and the Alps.
The Semester in LA Costuming for Film and Television program has an emphasis on the two aspects of the costume department: Costume Design and Supervision. With an array of industry professionals invited into the classroom, this five-week intensive course at Raleigh Studios in Hollywood is taught by a working Costume Designer/Producer who teaches students how to analyze and break down scripts for costume needs, develop a budget for costume production and present their character concepts to industry writers and directors.
Professor Julie Hillery and Assistant Professor Beth Shorrock took 14 students on a weeklong introductory tour of the fashion industry in New York City in May. Drawing on the rich resources specific to the city, the course was designed to enhance upper-level students' knowledge of the local fashion industry including its history, fashion design, production, merchandising, and retailing. The class visited WGSN, Nanette Lepore, Ann Taylor, Kay Unger, Tara St. James, Mood, M&S Schmalberg, the Met, Guggenheim and Museum of the City of New York, among other fashion and cultural sites.