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Kent State sophomore fashion design and business student Madeline Mehler launched a business that creates a more sustainable, lower carbon-footprint approach to making clothes.

Kent State University’s School of Fashion Design and Merchandising has once again been named among the nation’s elite, according to new rankings from Fashion-schools.org.

For Fashion Merchandising, the school has been rated #3 Nationally (top 2 percent of schools considered), #3 Nationally among public schools and colleges (top 4 percent of schools considered), and #1 in the Midwest.

Fashion School alumnus Michael Cunningham reflects on his career path and more in this video. Michael is head designer and creative director at Joan Vass and also teaches at the Fashion School's NYC Studio.

A partnership of the Fashion School's TechStyleLAB and LaunchNET at Kent State University, the Fashion/Tech Hackathon gathers students from many majors and from across the nation to innovate and conceptualize in the realm of wearable technology over a 36-hour period.

The Kent State Fashion School's 2017 Annual Fashion Show, FS2 Presented by Michael Kors, took place April 28 and 29. Watch complete footage from this year's show, subtitled "Reverie."

Gift to endow Fashion School chair and support study-away program for students

Kent, Ohio – May 1, 2017 – Kent State University has received a $2.5 million gift for its Shannon Rodgers and Jerry Silverman School of Fashion Design and Merchandising from the Margaret Clark Morgan Foundation of Hudson, Ohio. The gift will fund two initiatives: $1.5 million to endow a chair to support the Fashion School’s director and a matching grant of up to $1 million to support the study-away program benefiting fashion school students. 

The public lecture by Don Witkowski — slated for noon on Friday, April 28, at the Kent State University Fashion School — has been canceled due to scheduling conflicts. Don Witkowski, president of men’s at Michael Kors and a Kent State alumnus, is this year’s inductee into the Fashion School Hall of Fame. Witkowski will still attend the Hall of Fame induction ceremony, taking place the evening of Saturday, April 29, as part of the Annual Fashion Show, FS2 Presented by Michael Kors.

UPDATE 4/26/17 - The public lecture by Don Witkowski that was scheduled for April 28 at noon has been canceled. Read more here.

Kent State University’s School of Fashion Design and Merchandising has named Don Witkowski, a Kent State alumnus and president of Men’s at Michael Kors, as its 2017 Hall of Fame inductee. Previous inductees include Estée Lauder, Elsa Klensch, Allen Questrom, Michael Weiss, Ralph Rucci, Oscar de la Renta, Leonardo Ferragamo, Dana Buchman and Josie Natori.

UPDATE 4/26/17 - The public lecture by Don Witkowski that was scheduled for April 28 at noon has been canceled. Read more here.

On Thursday, March 9, two teams that formed during the Fashion Tech Hackathon in January took top spots at the annual LaunchNET Kent State Idea Olympi

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