Fashion School

Photo of student in Kent State's Fashion SchoolThe Fashion School at Kent State University is currently accepting applications for the Summer Fashion School Academy, a one-week program that introduces high school students to key areas in fashion design and merchandising. 

Kent State University senior fashion design major Jay Lewis had his modern-day fairy tale look displayed at the flagship JC Penney store in New York’s Manhattan Mall.

During the event held on Feb. 11, several Fashion School students from both the Kent State University campus and the School’s NYC Studio location had the opportunity to present their design for a modern day, Cinderella-inspired look. Using Cinderella’s gown from Disney’s new live-action film as inspiration, students sketched their designs live in front of esteemed fashion industry guests. Guest judges included Katie Holmes, Nina Garcia, Charlotte Ronson and Geoffrey Henning.

Top prize goes to hands-free GPS navigational backpack 

Student participants from Parsons The New School for Design, SUNY Buffalo, Stephens College and Kent State place in top 3 teams

Despite a powerful snow storm that temporarily closed down the campus, students from around the U.S. descended upon Kent State University in Kent, Ohio, to develop wearable technology prototypes during the weekend of Jan. 30 – Feb. 1 in the only collegiate wearable technology hackathon in the nation.

MEDIA ADVISORY/PHOTO OPPORTUNITY
JAN. 30 – FEB. 1

Fashion-Technology Overlap Subject of Symposium and “Hackathon” at Kent State

Events organized by Kent State’s Blackstone LaunchPad, Fashion School and TechSyleLAB

TechStyleLAB Symposium
Academic conference on digital textile design and production

Friday, Jan. 30 (10 a.m. - 7 p.m.)
Rockwell Hall, Kent State University

Photo 1 from Kent State's Fashion/Tech Hackathon

The wearable technology industry is expected to grow to become a $30 billion market within the next five years, and Kent State University is laying the groundwork to make an impact in the field. 

Kent State University student Robin Bonatesta, a junior computer science and fashion merchandising major from Branchburg, N.J., has been named a University Innovation Fellow by the National Center for Engineering Pathways to Innovation (Epicenter). The program is funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and directed by Stanford University and VentureWell (formerly NCIIA). 

Kent State University Fashion School graduate Anastasia Iafrate was named this year’s winner of the prestigious Supima Design Competition during a Sept. 4 event at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New York. Iafrate, who graduated in May with a Bachelor of Arts in fashion design, beat out finalists from five other institutions to win the award, which carries a $10,000 prize.

In early May, Kent State University's Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, in collaboration with the Fashion School, powered by the Division of Finance and Administration, hosted the Garment Games -- Inclusion By Design, a fashion sportswear design competition.

The diversity event was developed to promote inclusion across all university campuses and surrounding communities and to celebrate and support the 2014 Gay Games (GG9) coming to Cleveland/Akron in early August.

Five-time Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter Skylar Grey performed at the event.

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