Fashion School

In the expanding world of wearables, one challenge is how to tailor technology into something we’d actually want to wear. As fashion and technology merge, Kent State researchers and students from diverse fields are collaborating on innovations that could become an essential part of our everyday lives. by Jenni Laidman '77, illustrations by...

Looks from FUSION Fashion and Architecture Collaborative ShowcaseFUSION: Fashion + Architecture — presented at a runway show on December 11, 2015 — is a collaborative design showcase created by students of the Kent State University Fashion School and the College of Architecture and Environmental Design. View photos from the event on our Flickr page.

Looks from FUSION Fashion and Architecture Collaborative Showcase Kent State University’s Fashion School will host the third annual Fashion/Tech Hackathon from Friday, Jan. 29, to Sunday, Jan. 31, in Rockwell Hall. The Hackathon is a cross-curricular event allowing teams of student participants to create and innovate within the realm of wearable technology. It is presented in partnership with the Kent State...

Participants at the 2015 Fashion/Tech Hackathon The Fashion School at Kent State University will host the third annual Fashion/Tech Hackathon from Friday, January 29 to Sunday, January 31 in Rockwell Hall. The Hackathon is a cross-curricular event allowing teams of student participants to create and innovate within the realm of wearable technology. It is presented in partnership with the Fashion...

Participants at the 2015 Fashion/Tech Hackathon The Fashion School at Kent State University is at the forefront of knitwear design technology with its recent purchase of an industrial knitting machine. The Stoll CMS ADF-3 multi-gauge knitting machine is capable of carrying 32 different yarns independently. Kent State University is the first fashion institution in the U.S. to acquire this...

Participants at the 2015 Fashion/Tech Hackathon   The Kent State University Fashion School gets a lot of requests for their world-renowned designs and high-tech creations, but an old-fashioned letter that arrived in the mail on Sept. 10, 2015, contained a request unlike anything they had ever received. It came from a sixth grader named Karla who attends the AVID College Preparatory program in...

Participants at the 2015 Fashion/Tech Hackathon Your favorite movie or video might soon help accessorize your wardrobe thanks to Margarita Benitez, assistant professor in Kent State University’s School of Fashion Design and Merchandising.     Benitez, along with Markus Vogl, assistant professor from The University of Akron, helped turn what looks like a stack of little electronic pieces...

2015 Supima Design Competition Photos from the Sept. 10 runway presentation at New York Fashion Week that concluded the 2015 Supima Design Competition. Kent State — one of only seven institutions invited to participate — was represented by recent design graduate Paige Meacham. Her collection was inspired by her travels in Europe and Asia and “the mixture of organic...

Models display a collection created by a Kent State fashion design student during the Annual Fashion Show. The Shannon Rodgers and Jerry Silverman School of Fashion Design and Merchandising at Kent State University held its Annual Fashion Show on April 24 and 25 at the school’s Rockwell Hall location. The 2015 show, dubbed “FS2: Visionnaire,” featured 17 collections and 55 individual looks created by 58 student designers. That sizable body of work...

Assistant Professor Margarita BenitezWKYC visited the TechStyleLAB to interview the interdisciplinary team developing a heat-sensitive sock for those with diabetes. That team includes the Fashion School's Margarita Benitez, assistant professor of fashion design.