Category Archives: Apparel Design

Architecture and Apparel Design Students Present at National Conference

Pictured left to right: Misty Karges, apparel design; Amanda Marcott, BDA in Architecture; Brenna Hoisington, B.S. in Architecture; Sebastian Marques, B.S. in Architecture, and Kate Maple, Assistant Dean for Student Services. Four students from the College of Design traveled to Ogden, Utah for the National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR) at Weber State University last week: Misty Karges, apparel design; Amanda Marcott, BDA in Architecture; Brenna Hoisington, B.S. in Architecture; and Sebastian Marques, B.S. in Architecture. The annual conference gives undergraduate scholars in all fields and from all types of institutions of higher learning a forum to share the results of their work through posters, presentations, performances, and works of art. The students will be accompanied by Kate Maple, Assistant…

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Jill Fuerstenberg (BS '97 Costume Design) joins Taymark, Inc.

Jill Fuerstenberg (BS '97 Costume Design) announced that she will join the product development team at Taymark, Inc. The letterpress and imprinting company provides youth-oriented promotional and recognition products. Fuerstenberg previously worked in product and apparel design for Wilsons Leather and Northern Cap and Glove.For more information about our product design, retail merchandising, or apparel design programs, visit the College of Design academic programs page….

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Mary Mortenson (MA '84 Home Economics) Awarded Jerome Fiber Artist Project Grant

Mary Mortenson (M.A. '84 Home Economics) received a Jerome Fiber Artist Project Grant to work with artist, Jean Cacicedo, to refine her techniques and create a cohesive series of new work. Cacicedo, whose studio is located in Berkeley, CA, works both on and off the body incorporating a special process she developed for wool fabrics. As a nationally known fiber artist, Cacicedo is considered to be one of the prime innovators in the Wearable Art Movement of the 1970s. Mortenson notes that retired department of housing and apparel professor Marian-Ortolf Bagley was her advisor when she was a student at the University and continues to be a mentor figure. "Lake of the Woods Coat" by Mary Mortenson (photo credit: Surface…

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Photos + Video from TWELVE | Senior Fashion Show

It happened Saturday night. Eleven senior apparel design students showcased their work on the runway during their 44th annual fashion show. After years of cutting, stitching, piecing, and creating, the soon-to-be graduate designers brought their collections to life. Over a thousand people turned out to see garments ranging from 'fashionably reused' recycled vintage clothing to elegant bridal wear to a line inspired by scuba and aquatic creatures. Sophomore and junior students also displayed their work. Designs by Gabby Goetz. Models (not in order): Ellen Wunderlich, Megan Uelner, Alyssa Robinson, and Anna Brost Designs by Silvia Guttmann. Models (not in order): Alex Sertic, Twee Nguyen, Casey Moore, Bjorn Briel, and Cana Potter Designs by Carol Fallabeck. Models (not in order):…

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Apparel Design Students Participate in the Boston Scientific Hearts for Fashion Show at the Mall of America

On Saturday, February 4th, students in the Apparel Design program will participate in the Boston Scientific Hearts for Fashion Show at the Best Buy Rotunda in the Mall of America. The event is a celebration of the Go Red for Women National Wear Red Day. The annual event aims to educate the public about heart disease and heart-healthy lifestyles for women of all ages. Shows will take place from 12:00-1:00 PM and 2:00-3:00 PM. Professional and student designers were asked to create unique designs that make a heart difference while expressing how they have been affected by heart disease in their own lives. The free event will feature 11 designs by 8 apparel design students from the college. Survivors…

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Shannon Smith (Apparel Design '11) Heads to Cabela's to Work on Women's Apparel

Shannon Smith (Apparel Design '11) is working for Cabela's based in Sidney, Nebraska. One of the first apparel grad's employed by Cabela's, Shannon was recently promoted to the position of Men's Casual Designer. She joined the company as a quality assurance specialist shortly after graduation in 2011, working on technical design to restructure fit for women's apparel. Her new position designing menswear allows her to apply her technical background skills with a more creative focus. Of her move to Sidney, population 6,000, Shannon says, "I'm finding myself quite at home. It's a big change from studying in Minneapolis, New York, and London, but not much of change from growing up in rural Spicer, Minnesota." With a desire to assimilate…

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Jessica St. George (Apparel Design '11) Heads to Crye Associates in New York

Jessica St. George (Apparel Design '11) has been hired as the Apparel Design and Production Manager for Crye Associates, based in New York City. Crye has been producing military gear, hard and soft goods since 2000. Crye created an apparel graphic pattern for the troops in Iraq to improve camouflage called "multicam" and won the contract with the military for production of all new uniforms. Their apparel products are produced in their warehouses in Brooklyn and hard goods are produced at their location in New Jersey. More information on the Apparel Design program at the College of Design is available here….

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Apparel Design Students Support Haitian Kids One Stitch at a Time

The December 2010 earthquake left thousands of Haitians without basic needs like clean water, food, or clothing. To alleviate these difficult living conditions, students in Sherri Gahring's Apparel Design class partnered with U of M alumna Karen Moen to assemble over 80 garments for children at the Grace Village orphanage in Titanyean, Haiti. "The apparel design students gained experience using their beginning assembly and design skills to make a difference in the lives of others less fortunate," explained Gahring, "27 students created 42 sundress and 43 jam shorts…which were delivered [to Haiti] by Karen Moen and her team in late November." The project started in late 2010 when Gahring met Moen to brainstorm service learning and outreach projects. When…

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