Portfolio Review Brings Design Alumni Back to Kent

Kent fashion alums J.J. Fecik (pictured left), Joslyn Allen Fecik (middle) and associate professor Sara Snyder (right) reviewing senior design portfolios.Twelve Kent Fashion School design alumni returned home to Kent last week to take part in this year's senior design portfolio review.

Every spring, a jury of industry professionals select 40 Fashion School seniors (20 design and 20 merchandising majors) to participate in the showcase. The week after graduation, those 40 students travel to New York City to meet with Kent alumni and industry guests.

The alumni, who are all currently active in the fashion and design industry, working for companies such as Ralph Lauren, Athleta, Ann Taylor LOFT, J.Crew, Oscar de la Renta and Alexander Wang to name a few, reviewed the portfolios of over 100 Kent Fashion School senior design students.

This year marked the first time that each alum was matched up with almost 10 students each who created portfolios in the category or market that the alumni are currently working in such as patternmaking, technical design, knitwear, product development, activewear, accessories, bridal, childrenswear, menswear and womenswear. The top 20 design students chosen will have the opportunity to go to the Fashion School's 2019 Portfolio Showcase, May 15-16, at the school's NYC Studio, located in the heart of the Garment District. 

Kent Fashion alumna Madison Palen-Michel reviewing the portfolio of a senior design student.On Wednesday, April 17, merchandising students from the senior portfolio fashion classes will be presenting their final portfolios and merchandising projects to Fashion School faculty and staff, who will then vote to determine which 20 merchandising seniors are chosen to go to NYC. 

The showcase is designed to foster connections between alumni, educators and the fashion industry to recognizes students who have gone above and beyond and produced outstanding work throughout their Kent State career; and to assist graduates as they make the transition between their student and professional lives. 

To learn more about the event, please visit the Portfolio Showcase webpage. If you are interested in attending the showcase in NYC, please email Sara Snyder at ssandber@kent.edu



Brittani Peterson, marketing associate, bpeter12@kent.edu




POSTED: Sunday, March 24, 2019 - 10:47pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, March 27, 2019 - 5:21pm