Fashion Design/Merchandising Program

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Fashion Student Spotlight

Congratulations to our fashion student graduates!

Graduation Caps

The Fashion Department would like to congratulate the following students on completing all of their courses and receiving an associate degree in Fashion Design or Fashion Product Merchandising. Many of our graduates will be transferring to complete their four-year degree, while some already have one and are now ready to begin their careers in the fashion industry.

Congratulations to:

  • Mariya Bariykina received the Honor of Academic Award in spring 2018 and is looking forward to starting her career.  
  • Chaqunia Bearfield is transferring to Rowan University to study education.
  • Olivia Grasso is transferring to Jefferson University for fashion merchandising.
  • Jessica Hatcher is transferring to Jefferson University for fashion merchandising.
  • Jasmine Leftwich is looking forward to starting her career.
  • Laurence Mobio is transferring to LIM College in New York City to study merchandising.
  • Nicole Warren is transferring to Moore College of Art & Design to study fashion design.
  • Eric Jacobs is transferring to Jefferson University for textile design.
  • Melissa McGowan is transferring to Jefferson University for fashion design.

Graduates with Diplomas Graduate Selfie

Fashion students design Hug Wraps

In the spring 2018 term, Brenda Jones, the owner of Hug Wraps, a nonprofit that makes hospital gown alternatives for cancer patients, challenged students enrolled in FAD142 Patternmaking to create unique and soft wraps for women undergoing treatments for breast cancer.

The finished wraps were displayed at the annual Fashion Show where attendees were encouraged to make a small donation to “vote” for their favorite Hug Wrap. All proceeds went to the Hug Wraps organization to make future wraps.

On National Cancer Survivors Day, the student-made wraps were donated to patients in need. Students who participated in the project received a certificate stating they earned five hours of community service.

We wish Brenda Jones much success with continuing to supply patients in need of special heartfelt wraps to brighten their days.

Thank you to our fashion students for supporting such a wonderful cause!

Hug Wraps on Mannequin  Certificates People Holding Wraps Fabric Close Up

Congratulations to RCBC Fashion Design Student Kelly Longstreet

First-year Fashion Design student, Kelly Longstreet won prizes for her sewing and fashion illustrations at the Burlington County Farm Fair.

Kelly’s submissions were created in RCBC’s Fashion Design program courses “FAD120 Apparel Construction” and “FAD107 Fashion Drawing.” She received first and second place for sewing and two first place Blue Ribbons for her fashion illustrations.

Kelly Longstreet’s designs went from the RCBC Fashion Show runway to taking top prize at the Burlington County Farm Fair.  

Blue Ribbono Fashion Illustrations

Blue Ribbon Children's TopBlue Ribbon Children's Top

Second Place DressRed Ribbon Dress

Cotton Incorporated Internship

Congratulations to RCBC Fashion Design student Karlee Dean for landing an internship with Cotton Incorporated’s fashion trend and color team this summer in their New York offices.

Karlee first learned about Cotton Incorporated in the FAD135 Intro to Textiles class. This past March, the class took a trip to Cotton Incorporated for a fashion and trend presentation. During the presentation, she learned about the summer internship opportunity. After applying, Karlee was one of only two students selected from all the applicants, which included students from the top New York fashion schools.

The RCBC Fashion Department is thrilled she was one of two students chosen for the summer internship at this prestigious company. Congratulations Karlee! 

2017 Commencement

Congratulations to Fashion Product Merchandising student Alexis Martino! She was accepted to the prestigious Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) in New York City and has enrolled in the Fashion Business Management program. As she follows her dream to pursue a career in fashion, she will continue her studies in global retail operations, business and management. The college and RCBC’s Fashion Design & Merchandising program would like to congratulate Alexis on this outstanding accomplishment!

Lisa Steinberg, RCBC Fashion Design and Merchandising Program Coordinator, noted that Alexis would be joining two outstanding RCBC alumni, Gozde Ucar, who graduated FIT two years ago, and Philip Tum Suden, who will be entering his junior year in Fashion Design at FIT.

The Fashion Department would also like to congratulate Brooke Anderson and Seth Hugg who were also accepted to FIT. Seth has chosen to enroll in Drexel University to continue his studies in Fashion Merchandising and Brooke Anderson will be continuing her studies in Fashion Merchandising at Philadelphia University.

Congratulations to Kara Chamberlain, Laurence Mobio and Allison Ge for being accepted to Philadelphia University’s Fashion Design program. The three will have a warm welcome in August from RCBC Alumni and present PhilaU students Brandy Marks, Morgan Kuensel and Sahin Naznin.

Rowan College at Burlington County thanks these students for choosing RCBC to begin their exciting journey and proving anything is possible if you work hard, follow your passion, and stay committed to your education. We wish all our 2017 graduates the best of luck in their future endeavors!

2017 Academic Awards

Congratulations to Brooke Anderson for receiving an Academic Award for her outstanding achievements in Fashion Product Merchandising. Brooke also received an award from the Cherry Hill Mall Foundation for outstanding academic achievement. Brooke will be attending Philadelphia University this fall to complete her four-year degree in Fashion Merchandising.

Fashion Club Students Use Their Talents for a Cause

Mariya Barykina Providence House Domestic Violence Donation

This past fall semester, the president of the RCBC Fashion Club, Mariya Barykina, delivered a dozen handmade cosmetic bags filled with assorted cosmetics to Providence House Domestic Violence Services. The club decided to continue this worthy service project that was started by last year’s fashion students.

Each participating student had an opportunity to either design a handmade cosmetic bag or supply the contents for the bag, including toiletries and cosmetics. The student designers used fabrics that were donated to the RCBC Fashion Department. 

Pictured: “We feel that these cosmetic bags may brighten up these women’s lives, especially during the rush of the holiday season.” - Students Karlee Dean and Mariya Barykina.

The Fashion Club relies on the support of RCBC students. Please reach out to Mariya Barykina at if you would like to join the fashion club for the spring 2017 semester. 


2016 Academic Awards

Insia Malik and Kieun Kwon

Congratulations to Insia Malik and Kieun Kwon for being honored with an academic award within the Fashion Design Department. Both students have excelled in all of their courses and have been recognized by RCBC and the Fashion Department for their academic success.

Kieun Kwon was the President of the Fashion Club for the 2015/2016 school year. She will be continuing her Fashion Design studies at Drexel University.

Insia Malik was the Secretary of the Fashion Club for the 2015/2016 school year. She will be continuing her Fashion Design degree at Philadelphia University.