Tag Archives: Apparel Design

What Do Gloves That Type and A Noise Cancelling Vest Have in Common?

Apparel design students will present their innovative prototypes at Johnson Space Center during a trip to NASA headquarters April 19-21. The students researched and developed garments for NASA over the semester and now have the opportunity to show their work to the astronauts. Prototypes by the five teams, as pictured, include gloves that type, a space suit outer layer that enhances range of motion, research into placement of devices on the body, a noise cancelling vest, and a radiation resistant cargo bag that transformed into a wearable garment. MORE: Behind the scenes preparing for NASAThis is the third year the class has partnered with NASA and focused on wearable technology. This spring associate professor Lucy Dunne received NASA's Silver Achievement…

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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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