Dressers needed for Chicago fashion show

Looking for eager fashion students / friends that want to get their feet wet in runway production!

Need: Dresser (two)
Where: Chicago (loop)
When: Tues/Wed July 22/23 from 10am-1pm

Must be available both days  Great experience with amazing models and fun show. Get experience with us!

If this is you, email hello@garmental.com!

Pamela Powell’s Step by Step Double Piped or Bound Pocket

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Are you making a new jacket or coat, or perhaps a pair of tailored pants and what to put in a Double Bound or Piped pocket, but your direction sheet seems to be skipping a few steps.   Join Pamela Powell, the Fashion Studies Tailoring expert on her blog pamela-powell.blogspot.com for a step by step tutorial: http://wwwpamela-powell.blogspot.com/2014/07/pockets-getting-technical.html?spref=fb

Pamela will be teaching Fashion 1160 Tailoring on this Fall semester.  Students should have intermediate clothing construction skills or complete Fashion 1156 Clothing Construction II before signing up for the Monday/Wednesday evening class.  If you are interested in taking the course without the prerequisite, please contact Sharon Scalise  scalise@cod.edu for assistance.

 

630 Fashion Show – Save the Date September 26th

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Two K Productions  http://on.fb.me/Seaa0T
 
has selected the following designers to showcase in the 630 Fashion Show
Taylor Armstrong
 
Liz Rynez
 
Daniela Pantazi
 
Traniece Mason
 
Lexi Traczyk
 
Thaira Kartoum
 
Tomiah Oates
 
and   Valeria Baker.
 
Congrats to all!
 

Paris Couture Collections for Fall 2014

Giambattista Valli | Fall 2014 Couture Collection | Style.com

Giambattista Valli | Fall 2014 Couture Collection | Style.com

Paris Couture, exquisite, expensive fashion is meant to be worn by the very few who can afford this luxury.   For you and I, the designs can “shape” the wardrobe of our future. Notice the newest silhouettes from this week’s Paris fashion shows from Chanel, Dior, Valli…..follow the collections at Vogue.com, Elle.com and Style.com.

Or for my favorites check out the Fashion Studies department FB site: https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-College-of-DuPage-Fashion-Department/186714804705492

or on Pinterest: www.pinterest.com/codfashion/fashion-fall-2014-couture/

What do design do you think will be the most influential in our future?

It’s time to register for Fall 2014

FALL CLASSES START AUGUST 26TH

FOR ADDITIONAL ADVISING INFORMATION CONTACT SHARON SCALISE AT scalise@cod.edu

FALL ONLY COURSES: 1101, 1105, 1130, 1160, 2201, 2220, 2235, 2251

 

FASHION DESIGN FIRST SEMESTER:

Required courses: 1101, 1155; Additional Required courses: 1105, 2231, 1151, 1130

Elective courses: 1180

 

FASHION DESIGN SECOND SEMESTER:

Required course: 1101, 1156; Additional Required courses: 1105, 2231, 1151, 1130

Elective courses: 1180

 

FASHION DESIGN THIRD SEMESTER:

Required course: 1160, 2201; Additional Required courses: 1105, 2231, 1151, 1130

Elective courses: 1180

 

FASHION MERCHANDISING FIRST SEMESTER:

Recommended courses: 2231, 2220 Busin 1100 Additional required courses: 1151,1130, 2235,

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Elective courses: 1105, 1180, 1155, 1156

 

FASHION MERCHANDISING SECOND/THIRD/FOURTH SEMESTER:

Recommended courses: 2231, 2220, , 2235, 2251, 1130, 1151 Busin 1100, Manag 1100,

Marke 2210, Marke 2220 or 2240,

Elective courses: 1105, 1180, 1155, 1156, 2220

 

 

 

 

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Featured student: Bhavana Jain

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Meet featured student:  Bhavana Jain and her accomplishments.

Painting, drawing, sketching and sewing consumed Bhavana Jain’s time as a child.

“I realized later that fashion itself was also an art form,” she said. “Raised in an Indian household, I was exposed to Indian clothing and loved wearing my traditional Indian garments just as much as traditional American dresses. I always imagined combining different design elements of both to create a fusion piece that expressed all of my cultural heritage.”

After a thorough Internet search, Jain discovered College of DuPage and was impressed by what it had to offer. She first wanted to fine-tune her skills and began with a basic sewing class. After taking several courses, she decided to pursue a certificate in Fashion Design, which allowed her to balance school with her full-time job as a clinical pharmacist at Central DuPage Hospital.

Jain believes the program’s reputation in the Chicago area has led to many opportunities, from the annual College of DuPage fashion show to various internships.

“While I was at COD, I first submitted garments to a show and was able to share my work with my colleagues. It’s such a wonderful feeling when you see your creation in a fashion show!” she said. “Soon after, I completed an internship with Supreme Novelty Fabrics in Chicago, where I learned about different textiles and was inspired to create fusion garments. I then participated in two other design competitions through Supreme Novelty Fabrics, and each time my confidence grew in showcasing my work, and I was able to improve on my sewing techniques and my designs.”

In 2014, Jain participated in the Chicago Fashion Foundation’s Business Scholarship Competition and was one of the four finalists.

After finishing her certificate, Jain plans to take additional classes in fashion business as her dream is to open a boutique featuring her designs. She already has a company name, Bhavy-J Designs, which can be found on Facebook.

“I want to create Indian garments with American contemporary influences along with American contemporary garments with Indian influences,” she said. “I feel that every woman is always looking for something unique and different to wear that can express herself in a positive way. I hope to have my own boutique based in Chicago, a city that is not given enough credit as a center for fashion.”

Jain is thankful to College of DuPage for providing the opportunity to pursue her dream and allowing her to study with instructors who are well-established in the field.

“I have developed wonderful relationships with my professors, and I never hesitate to ask them for career advice. They are very passionate about teaching students,” she said. “It’s never too late to pursue your passion as a career. For me, this process of transitioning careers has been, and continues to be, a learning process. If you are motivated, and have a vision, go for it!

“It’s also important to surround yourself with a strong support system and people who believe in you and your vision. The Fashion Studies program at COD is a great entry way for people who are interested in pursuing a career in fashion. The relationships and people you meet here will definitely go a long way.”

You can view Bhavana’s outstanding designs at Bhavy-J Designs https://www.facebook.com/pages/Bhavy-J-Designs/170501149764261

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Link to the original article on COD’s front page: http://www.cod.edu/spotlights/students/jain.aspx

Featured Student: Alex Jurczewski

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Meet the first of our Featured Students:  Alex Jurczewski

Although she wears a lot of black, Alex Jurczewski is obsessed with color.

“The idea of color psychology is what first interested me in fashion,” she said. “It amazed me how designers would combine different colors together that I never thought of. What’s even better is that each color on the color wheel has its own unique and individual story. The possibilities are endless!”

When she was 17, Jurczewski enrolled in a fashion illustration summer course at College of DuPage. She realized how amazing the Fashion Studies program was and decided it would be a great environment in which to start her education before transferring to a four-year school.

She is pursuing a Fashion Merchandising degree and is developing a passion for visual merchandising.

“I love how I am able to create a story visually that leads my customers to a certain reaction. It’s kind of like mind control in a very creative way,” she said.

Her goal is to transfer to the London College of Fashion and earn a bachelor’s degree. In fact, during the summer of 2014, she is taking a class there to get a taste of the program.

Beyond her bachelor’s, Jurczewski hasn’t determined a career goal because she doesn’t want to limit her options. Whichever path she follows, she thanks the faculty and staff at College of DuPage – especially Sharon Scalise, Anna Gay, Melissa Heischberg and Vin Reed – for giving her a solid start.

“I feel like I am challenging a new part of my brain that I did not even know existed, and now I see things from a new perspective, which is really working to my advantage,” she said. “Also, thanks to the support from the department, I was encouraged to take London trend forecasting at the London College of Fashion. They all have so much faith in me that it makes me constantly want to do better and go above and beyond to really see what I am capable of achieving.

“My advice to others would to be to stay focused and don’t be afraid to make mistakes. Taking risks is what this industry is all about, and you come to school to learn, so making mistakes now will only help you in the long run. Do not be afraid to stand out and make a difference, because people will notice and they WILL remember. The Fashion Studies program has changed my life for the better.”

 

Read the article on the College Home Page: http://www.cod.edu/spotlights/students/jurczewski.aspx

 

 

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