“The partnership between Stevenson University and the Nolcha NYC 2017 highlights the talents of our students, and provides them with the opportunity to connect with key industry leaders,” Sally Di Marco, Program Coordinator and Associate Professor of Fashion Design.
Stevenson University, known for its distinctive career focus, is the third-largest independent undergraduate university in Maryland with more than 4,400 students pursuing bachelor’s, master’s, and adult bachelor’s programs at location in Stevenson and Owings Mills. The Fashion Design program was introduced in 2011 and Stevenson is the only University in the State of Maryland to offer a bachelor’s degree in fashion design. The program is ranked among the top 15 on the Eat Coast by Fashion-Schools.org in its third annual region-based list of Top 20 fashion design universities and colleges.
The fashion design majors at Stevenson University were assigned the theme, LBDR, and they competed for ten spots in the coveted Nolcha Shows. Local fashion industry professionals judged the designs and they selected the work of Alani Alston, Latonya Dickens, Allison Jones, Edna Jones, Rana Kurban, Antrice Sykes, Tearsa Thomas, Tatsiana Toustsik, and Deneen Watson.
The focus of the fashion design degree curriculum is primarily technical studio work and other discipline-specific coursework. Central to the mission is the development of the student’s individual design voice and vision, while realizing their potential as practicing fashion design professionals.
SIGNATURE STYLE AND INFLUENCE
The students will offer a diverse and redefined fashion display that pay homage to the legendary designer, Coco Chanel, who introduced a simple short black dress in 1926. Gracing the runway will be looks inspired by the elegance of Audrey Hepburn, the Afropunk street style, to the futuristic designs of the Chromat fashion label.
The purpose of the Fashion Design program’s brand is to provide a comprehensive approach to teaching technical fashion design with a strong foundation in the liberal arts, fine arts, design, and business. The program gives students industry-relevant experiences preparing them for professions in the global women’s wear, men’s wear, children’s wear, and related industries.
IF YOU COULD DRESS ANY CELEBRITY WHO WOULD IT BE AND WHY?
The students who will be showcasing their creations at Fashion Week NYC mentioned singer Toraji Penda Henson, activist and model Emma Watson, and actress Sarah Jessica Parker citing their elegant and classy trendsetter styles. Lady Gaga’s diverse style and boundary breaking fashion sense also made the list.