Tag Archives: Apparel Design

[Video] How We're Making Smart Clothing a Reality

The next installment of the Big Ten Network series, "BTN LiveB1G," will showcase University of Minnesota researchers creating fertilizer from the wind and exploring the future of wearable technology. The episode will debut Wednesday, Jan. 22 at 10:30 p.m. CT, after the Minnesota men's basketball game vs. Wisconsin.The show will also air Saturday, Feb. 1 at 3 p.m. (after men's basketball vs. Northwestern) and Monday, Feb. 24 at 8 p.m. (after women's basketball at Michigan State).Smart Clothes For Professor Lucy Dunne, director of the Apparel Design Program and Wearable Technology Lab in the College of Design, clothes represent more than a fashion statement – they are potentially life-saving pieces of technology. Her team, which relies heavily on the talent…

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You're Invited to FLUX: the 45th Annual Senior Fashion Show

Apparel design students are busy preparing for their 45th Annual Senior Fashion Show: FLUX. The runway will be buzzing on Saturday, February 16th at 5:30pm and 8:00pm in Rapson Hall featuring collections by senior apparel design students, along with designs by sophomore and junior students. Everything ranging from children’s wear and lifestyle clothing to bridal looks and plus size fashion will be on display.   The seniors participated in a studio-based-class dedicated to creating and producing FLUX, led by Professor  Elizabeth Bye (DHA). The final studio was devoted to conceptualize and develop each designer’s individual style and strengths, while simultaneously working as a group to plan the fashion show. Each student worked with an industry mentor during the process. The collections represents the…

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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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Apparel Design alumni to be featured on Minnesota Original

Luci Kandler and Ashley Wokasch‘s (both BS Clothing Design, 2009) Calpurnia Peach, a Twin Cities-based fashion label, is scheduled to be featured on the June 24, 2010 edition of Minnesota Original. The show is broadcast on Twin Cities Public Television, channel 2, Thursday, June 24, 2010, 7:30 p.m. and is also available on the Minnesota Original website.

Minnesota Original is a weekly series showcasing Minnesota’s creative community.

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Dunne's Posture Monitoring Vest featured in PSFK research

PSFK, a New York-based trends research company, has partnered with UNICEF to research the development of key trends that impact health and well-being with the intention of using the findings to develop concepts that can be deployed world-wide. In an article on its website, “Future of Health: Wearable Technology Improves Posture,” PSFK features Lucy Dunne‘s (Apparel Design) Posture Monitoring Vest. The smart garment “uses a fiber-optic sensor to detect the curvature of the wearer’s spine.” Data about the wearer’s posture is sent to a computer (or, presumably a smartphone) which provides feedback.

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Flights of Fancy: A History of Feathers in Fashion opens June 11, 2010

Flights of Fancy is a colorful and thought-provoking exhibition that explores the historical and contemporary use of feathers in western fashion. Visitors are invited to examine the function of feathers in nature, the historical feather trade and activism against it, and the psychological appeal of wearing feathers. Feathered apparel from the late 19th through 20th centuries from the Goldstein Museum of Design (GMD) collection are exhibited, including garments designed by Bill Blass, Sonia Rykiel, Victor Costa, and Oscar de la Renta.

GMD is partnering with the Bell Museum of Natural History and The Raptor Center to provide an ornithological foundation for the feathered apparel. Study skins of birds from the Bell’s collection will be included as examples of birds whose feathers were commonly used in the fashion industry. Two Audubon prints from the Bell will also be on view, one depicting a heron and the other a pheasant. Historically both were hunted for their plumage, and pheasants are still used in fashion today. The Raptor Center will lend diagrams of feather structure to illustrate the unique qualities and functions of feathers. Adam Barnett of The Raptor Center will give a presentation on opening night and bring live birds to illustrate his lecture.

Opening June 11, 2010, 6-8 p.m. (presentation at 6:30 p.m.), McNeal Hall Auditorium
Join Adam Barnett, interpretive naturalist from the Raptor Center, for an opportunity to see live birds of prey up-close. Four live birds will be on view during a presentation that details the natural history of these birds and their preservation. Following the presentation visitors may take photographs with the birds and speak with Raptor Center naturalists.

Bird Protection and Millinery: Exploring the Role of Fashion Media in the Debate
September 8, 2010, 3 p.m., McNeal Hall
Amy D. Scarborough, Department of Design and Human Environment, Oregon State University, will present research from her doctoral dissertation. During the late 19th and early 20th centuries women’s hats and hair accessories featured feathers, wings, heads, and whole birds. With the conservation movement, formation of the Audubon Society, and women’s clubs, the use of birds in millinery became a concern. Fashion and women’s magazines contained discussions of social responsibility. In this lecture, Scarborough will explore how bird conservation, the Audubon Society, and millinery were discussed and presented in fashion and women’s magazines.

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