Kent State Fashion School

Kenneth Cole image and event information The visionary global fashion designer and activist Kenneth Cole is named as the Kent State University School of Fashion’s 2021 Hall of Fame Inductee.  In its 32nd year, the prestigious award celebrates the outstanding contribution to fashion made by an individual. The accolade honors the unique qualities of their leadership. It champions the...

CONNECTED - Fashion Tech Hackathon 2021 Logo: 34 countries, 119 institutions, 162 hackers The Fashion Tech Hackathon, a cross circular event hosted by the Kent State University School of Fashion, has been on an upward trajectory since its inception in 2013. To comply with COVID-19 safety standards and procedures; the hackathon became a fully online, virtual event for the first time in eight years. The marathon-style competition...

Supima Design Competion finalist Shuxian Kong works on her collection "Doodling Childhood."   A lover of fashion since she was a child, Shuxian Kong has learned how to turn her lifelong passion into a budding career. Kong, a 2019 graduate of The Kent State University Fashion School of Design and Merchandising, was chosen as the university’s representative in the 2019 Supima Design Competition on Sept. 5 in New York City for her...

A Kent State University fashion design student works on a collection. The world-renowned fashion publication The Business of Fashion recently named Kent State University's School of Fashion Design and Merchandising as one of the best fashion schools in the world for 2019.   After taking a pause in 2018 to reevaluate their approach to fashion school rankings, The Business of Fashion decided to take a new...

NYC Studio students posing for a picture with guest lecturer Todd Snyder Renowned menswear designer, Todd Snyder, visited the NYC Studio on November 1, as the New York City Studio’s fall 2018 guest lecturer. Labeled “the most influential menswear designer of his generation,” by GQ Magazine, Mr. Snyder held positions at Polo Ralph Lauren, the Gap and J. Crew before launching his own menswear collection for fall...

School of Fashion

Student presenting during 2018 BFA Muslin Critiques The Fashion School’s senior Bachelor of Fine Art design students participated in School’s annual Muslin Critique, which acts as the mid-point review for all of the collections of the seniors finishing up their B.F.A. coursework Every year, industry mentors are brought in to view and critique the students’ work. The mentors for this semester...

Student Symone Baskerville Standing inside new Kent Fabrics storefront On Monday, December 3, senior design student Symone Baskerville held the soft opening of her store, Kent Fabrics, in the popular shopping area of downtown Kent. Located at 175 E. Erie Street, her shop offers high-quality fabric within walking distance from the Fashion School. Baskerville hopes to create a fun, collaborative environment where...

Models participating in the Dress up For Downs Fashion Show The Fashion School student organization, Dress Up for Downs, held their end of the semester fashion show, “Picture Perfect” on Saturday, November 17, in the Rockwell Auditorium and raised over $3,200 for the northeast Ohio organization, The Up Side of Downs. The Up Side of Downs provides support, education and advocacy for people with Down...

Wilson and Hertz being interviewed by WKYC Kent State Fashion School student Alyssa Hertz has created her fair share of non-traditionally made garments over the years, and last month was no exception when she unveiled her one-of-kind gown made from a collection of more than 1,500 DVD Netflix envelopes. Hertz, a sophomore design major, was chosen by Akron resident, Joanna Wilson, to create...