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School of Fashion Faculty Members Receive Prestigious Awards

Posted Feb, 17, 2010

Two faculty members of Kent State University’s School of Fashion recently garnered design-educators’ most outstanding awards at the 2009 International Textile and Apparel Association (ITAA) annual meeting in Seattle. Assistant Professor Linda Ohrn-McDaniel received the ATEXINC Award for “Textile Design,” and Assistant Professor Vincent Quevedo received two awards: the ITAA Award for a “Design With Historical Reference” and the Lectra Outstanding Faculty Award for the ITAA Design Exhibition, which is the highest award one can receive. Impressively, this is Quevedo’s second time to be awarded this highest honor, and he is the fourth faculty member of Kent State’s School of Fashion to receive it.

Award-winning dress by Linda Ohrn-McDanielThe ATEXINC Award that Ohrn-McDaniel received was for Best Sustainable Design by Faculty and was given by Educators for Socially Responsible Apparel Business. The dress, made completely from drier sheets and entitled “Poured Out and Dried Up,” was created by the layering of used drier sheets, hand tacked together with a transparent thread, then embellished with dyed Pepsi-bottle sequins. “It was a great honor to receive this award,” Ohrn-McDaniel said. “I feel strongly about sustainable design for many reasons in today’s environment. It is difficult to not be aware of the need to save and use our resources as effectively we can.”

Ohrn-McDaniel, Swedish-born and raised, has been an assistant professor at Kent State since 2004 and currently teaches Fashion Studio III and IV senior-level classes, where students construct their final collections, and machine knitting. Ohnr-McDaniel lives in Tallmadge, Ohio.

Vince Quevedo, associate professor of the School of Fashion at Kent State, presented his design titled "Midnight" which garnered him two awards – the Lectra Outstanding Faculty Design Award and Award for Effective Use of a Historical Inspiration.

The Lectra Award, equivalent to “Best of Show,” is used as a benchmark by other fashion design professors on what is being held as a model of excellence in design. The black, three-piece, floor-length evening gown “Midnight” featured a bolero jacket and very tall removable collar. The gown, quilted together from 20 different fabrics and 1,000 yards of lace, was embellished by black feathers which were used to trim the dress. “Midnight” was inspired by Spanish matadors and the seven deadly sins.

Quevedo has received the Lectra Award once before in 2000, as well as winning it four times prior when the award was known as “Best in Show.” “Awards such as the Lectra Award give me and the university credibility, attracts students and allows me to position myself as a visible professor of design,” Quevedo said. 

Quevedo teaches senior-level design courses. He resides in Kent, Ohio.

Of the five tenure-track design faculty of Kent State’s School of Fashion, four have won the Lectra Award, including Sherry Schofield-Tomschin, Linda Orhn-McDaniel, Vincent Quevedo and J.R. Campbell, who received his award while in Glasgow, Scotland, prior to his arrival to Kent State to become the School of Fashion’s director. 

The ITAA is a professional, educational association of scholars, educators and students in the textile, apparel and merchandising disciplines in higher education. More than 20 countries present designs and research at the juried event. The ITAA advances excellence in education, scholarship and innovation, and their global applications.

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Media Contacts:
Effie Tsengas, etsengas@kent.edu, 330-672-8398
Emily Vincent, evincen2@kent.edu, 330-672-8595