Fashion Design/Merchandising Program

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In and Out of the Classroom

Arts Showcase: Metamorphosis

Friday, Nov. 17 students from FAD131 Fashion Research Methods course showcased their work at the RCBC Arts Show in Votta Hall on the Mount Laurel Campus.

Students were given the assignment to define what Metamorphosis meant to them. Next, they researched literature, film and art that uses the theme “Metamorphosis.” In journals, students responded to the theme by photo-montaging images to create a concept of change. They created small scaled “dolls to represent unconventional garment concepts and last created life scale garments using paper, cardboard, plastic bottles, feathers, pencil shavings, flower seeds, moss, origami flowers and so much more.

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Row 1 (left to right): Saisha Tang, Lisa Heisler, Lisa Heisler, and Eric Jacobs
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Katie Oppermann, Ariel Denis, Desiree Taylor, Olivia Grasso, Jessica Hatcher, Rubye Flowers, and Hannah Hill

The fashion industry steps into the RCBC Fashion Department

Kerry Carleton from Destination Maternity presents to more than 50 fashion students on Feb. 15, 2017

Kerry Carleton from Destination Maternity presents to more than 50 fashion students on Feb. 15, 2017

The students in the Fashion Department at RCBC spent an evening at the Mount Laurel Campus meeting various guest speakers from the fashion community. Kerry Carleton, Senior Buyer at Destination Maternity, spoke about the importance of understanding her customers’ lifestyle. She included a fashion trend presentation that the buyers at Destination Maternity use to help when making their “Buy.” Later, she broke down the students into six teams for a mock buy. The students were asked to review 10 pairs of jeans and choose five for specific branded stores. After the teams presented their strategies, she chose the top two teams for accurate decision-making.

Fashion students discuss their buying strategy.

Fashion students discuss their buying strategy.

Seth Hugg, Fashion Product Merchandising student, reviews the quality of garments before making a decision on best jeans to “buy.”

Seth Hugg, Fashion Product Merchandising student, reviews the quality of garments before making a decision on best jeans to “buy.”

Kara Chanberlain, Fashion Design student, presents her team’s buying strategies.

Kara Chanberlain, Fashion Design student, presents her team’s buying strategies.

Burlington Stores employees discuss their career paths.

Burlington Stores employees discuss their career paths.

Employees from the corporate buying offices at Burlington Stores presented their “off-price” strategy for fashion retail success. Employees discussed their specific roles relating to the fast-paced exciting business. RCBC has an ongoing partnership with Burlington Stores and we look forward to their visits and field trips throughout the year.

Kristin Cozart from Nordstrom Cherry Hill presents seasonal fashion trends.

Kristin Cozart from Nordstrom Cherry Hill presents seasonal fashion trends.

Nordstrom Cherry Hill HR Manager Kristin Cozart began her presentation with current fashion trends created at the corporate headquarters in Seattle Washington. She discussed ground-level opportunities as well as career tracks for loyal employees. Careers include managerial, visual merchandising, fashion buying, fashion design and marketing.

Students’ work from FAD107 Fashion Drawing and FAD131 Research Methods for Fashion Design

The semester has ended and as we look back, we can appreciate all the talented and creative projects the fashion design students worked on throughout the fall.

RCBC’s fashion students had opportunities through their courses to express their design concepts in illustrative form. This semester had the largest number of fashion drawings on display from FAD107. The students worked hard on conceptualizing, designing, and illustrating their final class projects.

The first FAD131 Research Methods for Fashion Design class was introduced this semester. The students created concept boards that displayed their inspiration and research for color and fashion trending. Their boards showed creativity, craftsmanship, and the ability to take investigative research and observations to the next level.

An exciting new addition to the Fashion Department is our partnership with design companies and internships for our fashion students for credit. This spring 2017, we are sending five RCBC students into the field to work with fashion designers and fashion merchandisers.

The department looks forward to another exciting semester this spring with Power of the Purse (juried charity purse competition) just around the corner and the excitement of the Annual Fashion Show, scheduled for May 12, 2017 in RCBC Enterprise Center.

Student Work from 2016

Student Work from 2016

RCBC Beauty and Vulgarity Showcase

Students from FAD131 Research Methods for Fashion Design were tasked with a specific assignment for RCBC’s 2016 Arts Showcase, “Beauty and Vulgarity: A Global Perspective.” They took three weeks to complete their costume designs for the event that drew more than 200 people.

The students began their research by comparing two films or two works of art and discussed their findings in class. Next, they prepared five pages of documentation in their journals based on the direction we had chosen to pursue. Visual images, sketches and written notes were prepared in a visually exciting format.

Then, each student created a concept board that included passages from their journals and materials they might use to express their costume designs. The students were asked to keep the budget to a maximum of $20. The final designs included materials like painted and folded newspaper, sponges, hook rugs, bubble wrap, vintage records, old family photo negatives and many other creative elements.

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FAD144 History of Fashion Design 

This past spring 2016 semester, the History of Fashion Design students were assigned a class project to research garments from the end of the Roman Empire and garments worn by a specific barbaric tribe during the collapse of the Roman Empire.

Students documented their research with visual images in their journals. They cross referenced their research by use of text book, documentary videos and museum sources.

With no records or art work to follow for accuracy, students were asked to reconstruct by hand a garment that might have been worn within the first 100 years of the Dark Ages.

These handmade garments were conceptualized by the following students who could only imagine what a female survivor would have worn during this period: Morgan Kuensel, Insia Malik, Brooke Anderson, Alexa Hargrove, Jasmine Leftwich, Sahin Naznin, and Isabella Wilkens.

Morgan Kuensel - Costume influenced by Rome and the Visigoths. Insia Malik - Costume inspired by Rome and the Vanadals. Brooke Anderson - Costume inspired by Rome and the Burgundians. Alexa Hargrove - Costume inspired by Rome and the Lombards. Jasmine Leftwich - Costume inspired by Rome and the Lombards. Sahin Naznin - Costume inspired by Rome and the Saxons. Isabella Wilkins - Costume inspired by Rome and the Ostrogoths.

History of Fashion Design Students Spend a Day at the Philadelphia Museum of Art: Center for Costume and Textiles

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With so many historical periods to choose from, the RCBC students from FAD144 History of Fashion Design decided on “Great Designers” for their first time visit to the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s Dorrance H. Hamilton Center for Costume and Textiles.

The private study appointment allowed the students a close-up viewing of extraordinary costumes and fashions that would normally be seen only in textbook photos and online sites.

Our first costume was from The House of Worth from the late 19th century. This original garment was designed by Charles Frederick Worth, known as the “Father of Haute Couture.” The intricate craftsmanship was shown to us by the curator and the students were able to see the inside construction details, as well as the richly ornate materials of the garment.

After inspecting this three-piece garment, the students then viewed an original Chanel jersey blazer, Fortuny pleated dresses that could be rolled into a small ball, a 1960’s Christian Dior, early Yves Saint Laurent, Pierre Cardin dresses, and many more.

RCBC fashion students learned about the early careers of each of the designers, celebrities who wore their creations, as well as fabrics and garment construction details.

Next spring 2017, the FAD144 History of Fashion Design class will again participate and choose their favorite area of costume study at the museum.

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