Fashion School

The Fashion School at Kent State University is currently accepting applications for the Summer Fashion School Academy, a one-week program that introduces high school students to key areas in fashion design and merchandising.  “The Fashion School Academy will allow creative, motivated teens to explore their passion for fashion in a pre-college,...

As part of New York Fashion Week, JCPenney invited students from the Fashion School at Kent State to create designs based on the ball gown from DisneyAs part of New York Fashion Week, JCPenney invited students from the Fashion School at Kent State to create designs based on the ball gown from Disney's Cinderella.  

Actress Katie Holmes, who served as a judge, reviews a Kent State student’s work. (Photo by Patrick McMullen, courtesy of JC Penney.) Kent State University senior fashion design major Jay Lewis had his modern-day fairy tale look displayed at the flagship JC Penney store in New York’s Manhattan Mall. The retailer invited nine students from the Fashion School at Kent State to New York to create designs based on the ball gown from Disney’s new live-action Cinderella film....

Photo by Patrick McMullan. Courtesy of JCPenney. During the event held on Feb. 11, several Fashion School students from both the Kent State University campus and the School’s NYC Studio location had the opportunity to present their design for a modern day, Cinderella-inspired look. Using Cinderella’s gown from Disney’s new live-action film as inspiration, students sketched their designs...

Photo by Patrick McMullan. Courtesy of JCPenney. Top prize goes to hands-free GPS navigational backpack  Student participants from Parsons The New School for Design, SUNY Buffalo, Stephens College and Kent State place in top 3 teams Despite a powerful snow storm that temporarily closed down the campus, students from around the U.S. descended upon Kent State University in Kent, Ohio, to develop...

Photo by Patrick McMullan. Courtesy of JCPenney. MEDIA ADVISORY/PHOTO OPPORTUNITY JAN. 30 – FEB. 1 Fashion-Technology Overlap Subject of Symposium and “Hackathon” at Kent State Events organized by Kent State’s Blackstone LaunchPad, Fashion School and TechStyleLAB TechStyleLAB Symposium Academic conference on digital textile design and productionFriday, Jan. 30 (10 a.m. - 7 p.m.)...

Photo by Patrick McMullan. Courtesy of JCPenney. The wearable technology industry is expected to grow to become a $30 billion market within the next five years, and Kent State University is laying the groundwork to make an impact in the field.  “The emerging wearables industry offers a wealth of research and economic development opportunities for this region,” said Todd Diacon, Kent...

Photo by Patrick McMullan. Courtesy of JCPenney. Kent State University student Robin Bonatesta, a junior computer science and fashion merchandising major from Branchburg, N.J., has been named a University Innovation Fellow by the National Center for Engineering Pathways to Innovation (Epicenter). The program is funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and directed by Stanford University...

Kent State University Fashion School graduate Anastasia Iafrate was named this year’s winner of the prestigious Supima Design Competition during a Sept. 4 event at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New York. Iafrate, who graduated in May with a Bachelor of Arts in fashion design, beat out finalists from five other institutions to win the award, which...

September Scholar of the Month Margarita Benitez (second from right) analyzes a garment with her students in the School of Fashion Design and Merchandising, in Rockwell Hall. Scholar of the Month Margarita Benitez Assistant Professor College of the Arts 2010-present Margarita Benitez is an assistant professor of fashion design in the Fashion School of the College of the Arts. Her interdisciplinary focus on interactivity in textiles and fashion blends art and technology, interface design, tangible computing, 3D,...