With over 3,500 pieces of 20th Century American fashion donated by Greater Clevelanders, Ursuline College’s Historic Costume Study Collection has been dubbed the “Best Closet in Cleveland.” In honor of its upcoming 30th Anniversary, the College’s 15th Annual Faculty Lecture Series will focus on the collection. Constance Korosec, Ph.D., Chair and Professor of Fashion and Historic Costume Study Collection Curator will present the lecture Tuesday, April 8, 2014 at 7PM in the Mullen Little Theater at Ursuline College.
“Each year, all of us at Ursuline look forward to the Faculty Lecture Series, when we can share our fabulous faculty’s expertise with the greater Cleveland community. This spring we are especially excited to focus on our fashion program, which will be celebrating a hallmark anniversary this fall. Korosec is a well-known speaker and her lecture promises to be both educational and enjoyable,” said JoAnne Podis, Ph.D., Ursuline College’s Vice President of Academic Affairs.
Alright – we are in the final stretch of winter. (We promise!) Only 3 more days ’till it is officially spring. To help you get ready for the season, we are sharing our spring 2014 suggestions – drawing inspiration from Women’s History Month, of course!
With a change of season, comes an obvious change in wardrobe. But the transition from winter to spring in Cleveland can be tough. Remember when it snowed on Easter? Audrey Hepburn, Beyonce, Billie Holiday, China Machado, Coco Chanel, Diane von Furstenberg, Marilyn Monroe … and the list goes on … we’re continuously inspired by influential women in fashion. Here are our favorite looks from a few female style icons to help get you from winter to spring.
Kent Student Center Programming ‘Rock the Runway 2014′ Press Release:
The 10th annual Rock the Runway fashion show is on Saturday, March 8th in the Kent Student Center Ballroom. Fashion is merely the catalyst to create a show that is fun and entertaining, while allowing Kent State students of all different majors an opportunity to showcase their talents. This year’s design theme is The Second British Invasion featuring New Wave music by British artists. Contestants will submit a line consisting of three pieces inspired by the theme. At least one representation of the British flag must be present in the line.
A total of 15 designers will rock this year’s runway, including a guest line from the Ursuline College fashion program. Under the direction of fashion program chair and Kent State alumni, Dr. Constance Korosec, the students will collaborate on the designs and model their line in the show.
Founded in 2010, Downs Designs is the first company of its kind.
There are many niches in the fashion industry, from high fashion to costume wear, to performance-wear garments for people in the coal or oil industries. But another very important market is for specially designed garments for people with disabilities who often have difficulty finding clothing that fits properly.
Based in Mentor, Ohio, Downs Designs is a local company that is the first and only company of its kind. Downs Designs was founded to provide comfortable clothing to fit the unique body shape of a person with Down Syndrome. Those with Down Syndrome typically have shorter legs and have less muscle tone which leads to a rounder belly. Additionally, people with Down Syndrome also lack fine motor skills, which make it difficult to wear regular jeans with zippers and buttons.
“Right now in our store emerald green is flying off the shelves. Everyone loves the ease this chevron blouse goes from day to night.” $59.95 at The Limited
Many fashion students and alumnae also work in retail and can offer insight into world of buying and selling in the fashion industry.
Vanessa Feldkamp is a senior majoring in Fashion Merchandising at Ursuline College. She is also the sales lead manager at The Limited. Vanessa explains that she applies a lot of what she learned in May Beard’s Retail Buying classes: “May Beard’s class taught me to take a deeper look into the psychology of the target customer. I’ve also learned to analyze why a product didn’t sell.”
This helps Vanessa and her team to assist the customer in her shopping experience. “Also, by knowing what our customers likes we can drive sales in our stores,” Vanessa said.
Our favorite celebs dazzled us at The 56th Annual Grammy Awards.
And on this enchanted evening, the stars shined brightly in sequin gowns:
From left, Taylor Swift dazzles in Gucci, Rita Ora in Lanvin, and Ciara in Pucci.
Image via Us Weekly
In May Beard’s senior symposium class, students gain real world experience as guest speakers share their insight and experiences on job interviews, internships, and how they launched their careers. No matter where you are in the process of a job search, a repeated notion was mentioned in many of the speakers’ presentations: It is best to look for jobs prior to graduation–and you shouldn’t turn anything down, even if it is a bit outside of what you had in mind. You’ll get there! This idea was especially true for one speaker…