Exciting Opportunity for Students at the Cherry Valley Public Library!

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The Cherry Valley Public Library is sponsoring an event on June 17 called Library Runway! Based on the popular reality show Project Runway!, participants will be tasked with an unconventional challenge….creating a garment out of the printed page. Book pages, magazine pages, newspaper, any kind of printed page may be used to create the garment of their choice.

In addition, Project Runway! alum Peach Carr, a Chicago-based fashion designer will be on hand to judge the entries.

Library Runway! is open to any participants age 12 and up; teams are limited to 1-3 members. I have attached a flyer with all the relevant information. Most importantly, participants must attend an informational meeting on Saturday, June 3 at 9:00am at the library to register and receive guidelines for their submissions.

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If you have any questions, you can send an email message to michelea@cherryvalleylib.org or call me at the library at (815) 332-5161.

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Faculty Spotlight: Pamela Powell

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Pamela Powell’s background in fashion is based in Europe and Australia, where she worked in high-end and couture workrooms on garments for high-profile and celebrity clients like Margaret Thatcher, Tina Turner and Stevie Nicks.

“My work involved the complete end of the design process, from illustration to finished garment,” she explained. “During this time, I built up my own client base in bridal, special occasion and evening wear. I also have experience in lingerie and swimwear, having owned a small company in Australia. In 2001, after moving to the U.S., I showed a bridal collection under my own name at the Couture Bridal Show in New York and the National Bridal Show in Chicago.”

This reflects a love of fashion that can be traced back to Powell’s family. Her grandmother, great-aunts and aunts knitted, embroidered and sewed, and while her mother professed a hatred of sewing, she was very good at it. In fact, her mother would reminisce about a time when she lived in Fiji and had everything made to measure, from hats to shoes.

Both of Powell’s parents were interested in fashion and loved movies, music and theater, while her father encouraged her to read.

“As a child, my father had the philosophy of as long as we read it we could have it, so from very early on I had subscriptions to different ‘girls’ magazines, plus weekly visits to the library,” she said. “My first sewing machine was a Christmas present and trips to the fabric store were encouraged as I copied the clothing from such places as the magazines and movies for myself.”

When Powell thought that she might teach one day, she studied in London at the University of Arts, London College of Fashion, after taking classes at the English couture school. She was sent to the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York for three months to set up an exchange program, and it was during this time that she decided to teach for a career.

Once she moved to Chicago, Powell began teaching and has been doing so ever since, including in the Fashion Studies program at College of DuPage.

“I do not find teaching in the classroom much different from heading a workroom,” she said. “In a workroom, you are responsible for figuring out how to make it happen and getting it done, which translates over to being able to communicate this to those working under you. As I teach mainly lab classes, I am passing on technical information in much the same way.”

To answer questions that both students and friends have asked, Powell wrote “Tailored Fashion Design,” a college textbook on tailoring published by Fairchild Books.

“This book begins with researching the inspiration and design, selecting the fabric to the fit and constructions of a jacket for both genders and covers different construction methods for different price points in the fashion market,” she said. “I also was asked to write an article for Threads magazine that was published as a six-page article in the February/March 2013 issue. I’ve signed a contract with Laurence King Publishing, UK, for my second textbook, ‘Lingerie and Foundations.’ My career started with lingerie and swimwear, so writing this book brings my career full circle.”

Powell encourages her students to build confidence and follow their dreams.

“Experiment and explore design as far as possible,” she said. “Think outside the box and do not be intimidated by others opinions. Express yourself for who you are.”

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Faculty Spotlight: Vicki Oboikovitz

Faculty Spotlight: Vicki Oboikovitz

Vicki Oboikovitz Department: Fashion Studies

Vicki Oboikovitz was hooked on fashion when her high school teachers told her she could make her own patterns for her own designs.

It’s a love that she carried into a career in the fashion industry, where she worked for more than 25 years.

“I did everything — cutting out garments, sewing them, modeling them, making patterns and designing lines,” she explained. “I worked for Caron, a design house in Chicago, as a designer’s assistant, a patternmaker, and worked my way up to designing suits and dresses for petite women. Later I worked for Henry Lee, another design house in Chicago, where I was a petite and missy designer of suits and sportswear. They no longer carry the lines I designed for, so it was time for me to move on.”

Oboikovitz turned to teaching and has taught garment construction and flat pattern classes at College of DuPage since 2010.

“My first love was sewing, and now I love teaching,” she said. “I love being able to share all of my experiences with my students. And when they take the knowledge and run with it, it is a great feeling.

“In fact, the students here at COD have showed me that they are serious about what they want to accomplish and do. And they have inspired me to get myself back into the designing mood.”

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Faculty Spotlight: Sharon Scalise

 

Faculty Spotlight: Sharon Scalise

Sharon Scalise Department: Fashion Studies

As a young child with a well-dressed mother who made many of her clothes, a full closet of Barbie clothes that were copies of high fashion designs, and a grandmother who thought she should have a needle and thread in her hands to keep her busy, Sharon Scalise was immersed in fashion from a young age.

“I learned quickly to understand good fit, beautiful details and how to track trends,” she said. “That started in junior high, when I was stuck in a school uniform, and my fantasy wardrobe grew into scrapbooks of magazine pictures. At 13, I learned to sew and never turned back, designing costumes for school plays and dance teams.”

Before joining College of DuPage as the coordinator of Fashion Studies, Scalise was the Fashion Merchandising chairperson at the Ray Vogue School of Design, currently the Illinois Institute of Art, and a fashion design instructor at Mundelein College of Loyola University. Prior to that, she was a department manager at Marshall Field’s on State Street.

With a degree in Home Economics Education, Scalise loved student teaching but wanted to work with college students in order to share information about textiles, visual merchandising, textile design, fashion design and the fashion industry.

“I had great teachers as role models, and I drew enthusiasm for teaching from them,” she said. “Fashion is a fun curriculum to share. It’s new every season, always changing.

“I hope my students enjoy coming to class and are enthusiastic about their projects, leading them to an engaging career that they love. For some, it is difficult to balance work and school. To see them organize, work through their challenges, complete projects and classes, advance their knowledge and skills, graduate, continue their education or go to work in fashion is very inspiring.”

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