Exploring the Future of Fashion with Local Students

On Friday, April 14th, Kent State University’s School of Fashion welcomed 8th-grade students from Streetsboro Middle School to explore and design in the KnitLab. Students got the chance to gain a better understanding of fashion, design and knitwear by participating in a variety of educational activities.

In the TechStyleLAB, students were introduced to CLO3D, a software that helps designers accurately visualize the fabric, fit and silhouette of their designs in real-time. Exploring how different materials and designs can be manipulated, the students participated in a 2D to 3D exercise. students draped different materials over objects to understand the connection between 2D shapes and 3D shapes. In the Design Innovation Hub, students were shown industrial knitting machines. they worked together to create a 2-color jacquard pattern on the software, which were knit by the machines.

Streetsboro students learning about Fashion design software

Linda Öhrn-McDaniel, professor and industry coordinator at the School of Fashion, said, “It was so great to see the students in action today. They were all very engaged and enthusiastic!”

Students also had the chance to learn about the career paths within the fashion industry and tour Rockwell Hall, Center for Visual Arts and Cartwright Hall. The School of Fashion faculty and staff strive to inspire and educate young students and look forward to continuing to serve the students of local communities.

About the School of Fashion

At the Kent State University School of Fashion, we revel in the creativity and confidence of our students. We believe you should be able to showcase your talent, which is why our fashion design and merchandising majors have the chance apply to apply their skills and innovation in real-world settings. This authentic experience has earned the school a consistent ranking among the best fashion programs in the world.

When you study at the Kent State University School of Fashion, you’ll have access to unique resources including the TechStyleLAB, which is equipped with an array of digital design and production technologies. You can also use our dedicated fashion library with nearly 4,000 print and multimedia titles. 

The School of Fashion shares its Rockwell Hall home with the Kent State University Museum. Here you’ll find one of the largest fashion- and design-focused collections in the country for inspiration.

Learn More about the School of Fashion

Photos provided by Andreas Johansson, Director of Operations, Streetsboro City Schools


POSTED: Thursday, April 27, 2023 12:40 PM
Updated: Tuesday, May 2, 2023 11:40 AM