Fashion Professor Wins IFFTI Initiative Award

Fashion School Associate Professor, Noël Palomo-LovinskiKent State Fashion School associate professor, Noël Palomo-Lovinski, was recently announced as one of the winners of the 2019 International Foundation of Fashion Technology (IFFTI) Initiative Awards.

Palomo-Lovinski's paper "The Future of the Fashion Designer: Changing Concepts of the Designer and Consumer Relationship in the Age of Sustainable Practice", co-written with Steven Faerm of Parsons School of Design, discusses the future of fashion within the the confines of sustainable practice.

"It's a topic that near and dear to my heart," expressed Palomo-Lovinski. "This paper discusses the future of fashion and addresses the skill sets that we need to be teaching design students in order to keep up with the changes of the future."

On April 10, Palomo-Lovinski and Faerm will travel to Manchester, England for the IFFTI Gala Dinner at the Manchester Fashion Institute to receive her award and present her research to the IFFTI audience.


Since its inception in 1999, IFFTI has grown into the most comprehensive and prestigious international organization, representing leading fashion higher education institutions in the areas of design, technology, and business. The foundation is currently comprised of 61 members from 28 countries. The foundation aims to network International Fashion Education Institutions for advancement of education, research and development in fashion design, technology and business and related industries through mutual collaboration. Learn more about IFFTI on their website,

About the Fashion School

 Established in 1983 as the Shannon Rodgers and Jerry Silverman School of Fashion Design and Merchandising at Kent State University, the school was named an Ohio Center of Excellence by the state Board of Regents and is a member institution of the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA), International Foundation of Fashion Technology Institutes (IFFTI) and National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD).



POSTED: Monday, March 25, 2019 12:59 AM
Updated: Saturday, December 3, 2022 01:02 AM