Design Graduate Competes in International Youth Design Competition

Model walking the runway during IYDC in ChinaKent State Fashion School design graduate, Cassandra Casas Rojas, was recently awarded the Excellent Achievement Award during the 2018 International Youth Design Competition (IYDC) organized by the Beijing Institute of Fashion Technology (BIFT). Rojas graduated in spring 2018 and received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in fashion design. 

Model walking the runway during the 2018IYDC in China

She was awarded the prestigious award for her collection titled, “gLOBAL.” “gLOBAL” focuses on adding purpose and technological innovation in the fashion industry. Rojas said she was inspired by the idea of constructing functional, fundamental garments to transform everyday attire into clothing that could also serve the on-the-go lifestyle of a nomadic traveler. Her collection also won the Niche Market Innovation Award during the Fashion School’s 2018 Annual Fashion Show last spring.

“Global nomads travel from one country to another without a permanent job or home. Their ties to their countries begin to loosen; they start to no longer belong anywhere. Global nomads typically work for independent companies in IT, writing, teaching or crafts. At the end of my research, I discovered that I wanted to demonstrate transition through my collection by making it transform into life necessities such as a jacket into a tent, a jacket into a sleeping bag and a jacket into a backpack,” expressed Rojas.

The theme of this year’s competition was “Culture – Trans Disciplinary.” The IYDC committee received 130 applications from 19 countries and regions all over the world. Rojas was chosen as just one of 33 collections to make it to the final round, which allowed her entire collection to be shown on the runway for all attendees to view.

Every year, the IYDC aims to integrate domestic and foreign academic strengths, industry institutions and fashion promoters. The competition continues to discuss and explore the academic and industrialization of design from the international perspective. To learn more about the BIFT  competition, please visit their website.

 

Rojas posing with models at IYDC in China

 

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Photo Captions:
Photo 1 (Banner):
Models on the IYDC runway sporting Rojas' collection, "gLOBAL." Photo courtesy of Beijing Institute of Fashion Technology (BIFT), IYDC, and Cassandra Casas Rojas.

Photo 2:
Model walking the runway during the 2018 IYDC in China wearing a design from Rojas' collection 'gLOBAL." Photo courtesy of Beijing Institute of Fashion Technology (BIFT), IYDC, and Cassandra Casas Rojas.

Photo 3:
Model walking the runway during the 2018 IYDC in China wearing a design from Rojas' collection 'gLOBAL." Photo courtesy of Beijing Institute of Fashion Technology (BIFT), IYDC, and Cassandra Casas Rojas.

Photo 4:
Rojas (pictured middle) posing with runway models at the 2018 IYDC in China. Photo courtesy of Cassandra Casas Rojas.

 

 

POSTED: Friday, December 7, 2018 - 3:21pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, December 11, 2018 - 11:40am