630 Fashion Show News….

Red Rain wear by Taylor Armstrong

Red Rain wear by Taylor Armstrong



The College of DuPage fashion students were featured in the 2014 630 Fashion Show at the Hotel Arista in Naperville! Special thanks to Calamos Investments, Two K Productions and GLANCER Magazine for sponsoring this amazing event!

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LACE DAY 2015!

Lacemakers and Collectors Exchange

June 13, 2015
Visit Lace Vendors
Watch Demonstrations
View our lace exhibit

Participate in our classes
Beginning Bobbin Lace Class
Mark your Calendar and join us!

Location: American Legion Hall
4000 Saratoga Avenue
Downers Grove, Ill

Please check website for updates: http://www.lacemakersofillinois.org

Fashion Study Collection Salon: Latino Fashion Designers

Fashion Study Collection Salon

Latino Fashion Designers

gown by Oscar de la Renta

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

10:00AM-6:00PM | 618 S. Michigan Avenue, 8th Floor
Fashion Study Collection Research Center
For Chicago’s Latino Fashion Week, the Fashion Study Collection will present designs by Latino designers paired with books and magazines featuring their work.

The Fashion Study Collection’s Research Center will be full of garments and materials featuring Latino designers, including Oscar de la Renta, Carolina Herrera, Manolo Blahnik, and John Galliano.

630 Fashion Show Friday September 26th featuring COD Fashion Design Students

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Friday — September 26, 2014  7:30-10:30pm

Hotel Arista   2139 City Gate Lane   Naperville IL

(630) Fashion Show, now in its seventh year, is the culmination of efforts between Kristen  Frederick and Kristy Brezinsky of Two K Productions and Calamos Investments. Calamos Investments interests in keeping the arts thriving, have been major supporters of this event since its inception in 2008. The event benefits 360 Youth Services.

This year the Fashion Show will showcase Celebrity Chicago Designers, Borris Powell, Cleons, Anna Hovet, Sophia Forero, Ootra, Jill K Bags, CROW Fashion, St. Frimpong, Niala Conte and a Glancer Magazine and College of Dupage Student Fashion Showcase collaboration featuring the following students: Valeria Baker,                 Taylor Armstrong,  Liz Rynex, Monica Kennedy, Thaira Kartoum,  Tomiah Oates,        Daniela Pantazi, and Traniece Mason.  


Please show your school and department support by attending the show

Tickets and additional information available at www.360youthservices.org or www.630fashionshow.

Interested in dressing behind the scenes?  Must be available from 9/26 5:30 to 10:30 pm,   contact Sharon Scalise at  scalise@cod.edu




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.


Featured student: Bhavana Jain


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

More about the Fashion Studies program

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