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Fashion Instructor, Student Awarded in Int’l Competition

Meredith Fashion Design Instructor Eunyoung Yang won first place in an international design competition held at the International Textiles and Apparel Association, November 2-5, 2011, in Philadelphia.
Her design submission was accepted for juried live gallery exhibition. The design “Water in the Sky,” won first prize in the “innovation in fashion” professional category.

“The design inspiration was a cumulus of creamy white and dark gray clouds with lightening piercing through a stormy sky,” Yang explained. “The purpose was to explore fabric manipulation and surface design to create the visual depth. This dress portrayed the form and feel of storm clouds using different textures of fabric.”

Student Cori Spade, a junior earning a major in fashion design, was one of 12 finalists selected for the Paris American Academy Scholarship, with a design piece called “Igniting the Change.” The competition theme was “Fashion in Green,” and Spade’s piece was inspired by the BP oil rig explosion off the Gulf coast.

Portraying an oil drenched bird using recycled fabrics and hand-dyed feathers, Spade’s aim was to raise awareness about this issue as a way of preventing future environmental problems. She earned an honorable mention, competing against 49 entries from the United States, Australia, Israel and Mexico.

Yang also made two presentations during the conference. Her presentations were titled “Technical Skills Needed by Fashion Design Graduates: Focus on Computer Skills,” and “Industry Knowledge Needed by Fashion Design Graduates: Focus on Merchandising.”

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