2017 Alpaca Design Competition!

Call for Submissions:  14th Annual North American Student Design Competition, Sponsored by Alpaca Owners Association, Inc.  The competition was created to promote the use of alpaca fiber in fashion, textile, and interior design at the fundamental level of educational institutions.  The AOA Student Design Competition (www.alpacainfo.com/fashion) mission isto expose college-level art, fashion, and textile design students and professors to the wonders of designing with alpaca fiber.   Deadline for submissions is April 22, 2017.  For detailed information and entry form, see Full Call.
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Employment Opportunities @J.Jill


 My name is Maria Boznos and I am the Store Manager at J.Jill in the Burr Ridge Village Center. We are currently looking to hire part time associates. In particular we are in need of people who can work the closing shift.  Specifically, between 4-8:30p, or 5 or 5:30 – 8:30 pm. Once a month we have floor sets which may require a shift that runs until 10:00 or 11:00 pm.

If any students are interested in working  at J.Jill please contact Maria Boznos. (Listed below) It would be best to apply in person. After reviewing applications, interviews will be scheduled.

Thank you for considering this request. Look forward to hearing from you!


Maria Boznos SM

J.Jill-Store 641

Burr Ridge Village Center

585 Village Center Drive

Burr Ridge, IL 60527



Merchandise Manager Opportunity


Buying opportunity here in Central Illinois.  Gameday Spirit, located in Champaign, is the Official Fanstore of the Fighting Illini.  Currently we have two retail stores, an ecommerce site and are contracted through the university to sell at all of their athletic events.  We recently were notified that our current buyer is moving with her husband to Colorado, leaving an opening in buyer position.

Job Title: Merchandise Manager Projected Start Date: January 2017

Duties & Expectations
Merchandise Buyer (Goal – sell the most stuff at the highest possible profit):
Use real data to assist in buying decisions:
Track consumer trends to determine which products are the best fit
Evaluate prior sales to project future needs
Track inventory turns to determine restocking needs
Interact with vendors to place orders:
Research potential vendors and negotiate purchases with the best vendors
Place orders and ensure inventory is properly distributed within the company
Work with production and design teams to create a production plan and calendar for merchandise produced in-house
Attend tradeshows and conferences to stay abreast of industry standards
Stay within company budget and open to buy guidelines
Visual Merchandising (Goal – make the product you bought look appealing to our customers):
Create a visual merchandising concept in partnership with retail management staff for key brands, seasons, etc.
Work with retail management staff to implement visual merchandising plan in stores
Analytical Skills: You will be working with multiple vendors to determine the best deals, and will have to evaluate the many
pros and cons of each based on price, quality, speed of delivery and other factors.
Decision-Making Skills: You will need to use the information you have gathered to make important decisions on behalf of your company.
Organization: You will be making many buying decisions across many product categories with a limited budget.
You will also need to multi-task while keeping everything together. Attention to detail is a must.
Math Skills: Basic math skills will be needed to analyze prices and get the best deals possible.
Negotiating Skills: You will be working with suppliers to create the best deals. Negotiating skills will help you create those deals.
Availability: minimum 40 hours per week. Work flexible hours during busy season, sometimes including nights and weekends
Attitude: maintain a positive, professional attitude at all times with co-workers, vendors and customers. Show evidence of
high integrity and ethical/moral standards in working relationships. Support Gameday Spirit culture.
Preferred Skills & Experience
Bachelor’s degree in related field OR 2 years minimum retail buying experience
Ability to confidently and quickly make decisions based on real data
Strong merchandising background to create compelling visual presentations; Strong knowledge and awareness of current university trends and events
Motivated, passionate and goal-oriented; Adapt to any situation; Can remain calm under pressure
Ability to identify trends and spot “the next big thing”
Have a passion for retail; Work in a team; Be creative
Have proven computer skills – including Office, Adobe and web; Have good commercial awareness
Reporting: This position reports to the General Manager and Owner.
Compensation & Benefits: This position is salaried with full benefits.
Application Process: Submit all resumes and cover letters to Becca Stroot, General Manager (becca.stroot@gamedayspirit.com).
We look forward to meeting you!


Becca Stroot

General Manager

Accounting Manager

Official Fan Store of the Fighting Illini


The perfect holiday gift for the aspiring fashion designer!

The perfect holiday gift for the aspiring fashion designer

Give that fashionista in your life the chance to learn fashion design from the pros. With over 350 on-demand video tutorials – from beginner to advanced – a subscription to theUniversity of Fashion is sure to inspire.

From fashion drawing, draping, sewing and patternmaking to lessons on color theory, costume history, textiles and more, our vast library of lessons will get that fashion lover off to the right start!

For a limited time, only, you can buy a yearly subscription for only $99. That’s more than 30% off our regular subscription price. See gift instructions, below.

How to order a $99 yearly gift subscription for someone special!
  1. Go to UniversityofFashion.com and click “Get a Yearly subscription for $99” on the green bar saying “Special Holiday Offers”
  2. Fill out the order form using your own name, e-mail address and address. However, when the form asks you to choose a username, choose a username tied to your gift recipient’s name. For example, if you’re giving a gift to Sally Jones, set the username to “sjones”. Then fill out the rest of the form using your preferred payment method, etc.
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Mary Ray Educational Event January 6th, and 7th, 2017

The American Sewing Guild will be offering the following workshops at College of DuPage,  please pay directly to their website.

“I have been sewing for as long as I can remember. My

grandmother and my mother sewed, but it was my Aunt Vi,

an avid sewer and prolific knitter, who taught me the basics.

She helped me make my first skirt for a 4-H project and

insisted I rip out and redo those crooked seams until they

were perfect! That led to many more projects for 4-H Dress

Revue fashion show and county fairs, as well as additions to

my closet to feed my fashion-obsessed heart.

Years later, my sewing career was launched when I

got a part time job at an independent fabric store in a suburb

of Chicago.”

Schedule for the Weekend:
Friday evening: 79PM Trunk show and lecture
College of Dupage in Room SRC1004
$10.00 per person/$20.00 for nonmember/free for COD students
HandsOn Workshops:
Saturday: 9AMNoon “Tucks, Pleats and Folds for Garments and Quilts”
/College of Dupage in Room SRC1008
$50.00 for workshop($75.00 nonmember)/ $20.00 kit fee
1PM4PM “Edge Finishes Sample Class”
$50.00 for workshop($75.00 nonmember)/ $20.00 kit fee
No need to bring a machine, we will be in the sewing lab!!
Go to Mary Ray’s website to get more details on the workshops being offered:
Sign up going to wwww.asgchicago.org and use the Paypal button or by
filling out the form you will find there and sending it, and a check for the fees
Deanna Lood
520 N. Williams Drive,
Palatine, IL, 60074
Mary Ray Educational Event
January 6th, and 7th, 2017


Check out the official flyer here: mary-ray


The Spring Schedule has arrived! It is never to early to register!

Are you interested in studying Fashion?  College of DuPage offers classes that focus on Fashion Design and Fashion Merchandising leading to a certificate or degree.   For more information about how to get started,  please contact Lisa Horvatin  at 630-942-2078,  horvatinl@cod.edu.   Second year and transfer students should contact Program Coordinator Sharon Scalise,  630-942-2619, scalise@cod.edu for further education.

Follow codfashion.com for additional information on the upcoming fashion shows   CHAOTIC VANITIES  on Jan. 7, 2017 featuring Peach Carr and Alex Snyder from Project Runway and students from Fashion Design  And, DIMENSIONS on May 13, 2017, featuring Fashion Design students.


Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
FASHI 2200-002



P. Powell

FASHI 1201-001

Clothing Construction II

9:00AM- 11:50AM

V. Oboikovitz

FASHI 1151-001

Prin. of Textiles


S. Scalise

FASHI 1201-001

Clothing Construction II

9:00AM- 11:50AM

V. Oboikovitz

FASHI 1115-001 Fashion Illustration


J. Harling

FASHI 1201-HYB01 Clothing Construction I


starts 2/18/17

E. Hetland

FASHI 1125-001

Digital Fashion Presentation


K. Reed

      FASHI 2212-001

Advanced Fashion Illustration


J. Harling


FASHI 1201-HYB01 Clothing Construction II


starts 2/18/17

E. Hetland


FASHI 2231-001

Fashion Market & Merchandise


S. Scalise

FASHI 1301-001

Flat Pattern Drafting I


V. Oboikovitz

FASHI 2500-001

Modern Fashion History


S. Scalise


FASHI 1301-001

Flat Pattern Drafting I


V. Oboikovitz

FASHI 1620-001

Visual Merchandising I

9:00AM- 1:50PM

J. Lezan

FASHI 2820-001

Technology in Fashion


M. Heischberg



  FASHI 2202-001

Design Studio: Apparel


P. Powell

  FASHI 2251-001

Fashion Motivation

6:00PM- 8:50PM

S. Scalise


FASHI 1500-NET01

History of Fashion

S Scalise




Thank You Peach Carr!

Today the fashion design students met with Project Runway Alum Peach Carr! Thank you, Peach for visiting us this afternoon!



F R C DISPATCH – Back To School


Fashion historian Laurent Cotta tells us about “power dressing” in Paris in the 1800s while exploring an exhibition first staged at the Palais Galliera in Paris and now opening at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York.

Laurent Cotta: Proust’s Muse, The Countess Greffulhe

Élisabeth de Caraman-Chimay, the Countess Greffulhe (1860—1952), was a famous beauty celebrated for her “aristocratic and artistic elegance,” and the inspiration for the character Oriane, Duchess of Guermantes in Marcel Proust’s epic work, In Search of Lost Time. A pioneering fund-raiser, the countess was a major supporter of the Ballets Russes and her exceptional haute-couture collection included dresses signed Fortuny, Lanvin, Poiret, and Worth.

Since 2002, Cotta has been responsible for contemporary creation at Musée Galliéra, the foremost museum of fashion in Paris.

Thursday, September 22
11:30 AM – 12:30 PM
SAIC Fashion Resource Center
Sullivan Center #735

Deirdre Murphy: Gilded Butterflies: Fashion at the English Court

Royalty, courtiers and guests at the British court have always worn the best clothing money could buy. This illustrated talk by Historic Royal Palaces Senior Curator Deirdre Murphy will explore how opulent materials, intricate embellishments, extreme silhouettes and exclusive, custom-made garments have distinguished the court from everyone else for centuries.

Many generations have used royal and court dress as a powerful communication tool. The perpetual tension between tradition and modernity have worked to add gravitas to grand ceremonial spectacles played out on the world’s stage. Examples of royal portraiture and surviving garmnets in the Royal Ceremonial Dress Collection will demonstrate how courtiers and individuals from the 10th century onward used clothes to communicate power, wealth, status, national identity and empathy with others.

Tuesday, October 11
4:15 – 5:15 PM
SAIC Fashion Resource Center
Sullivan Center #735

As curator at Historic Royal Palaces, Deirdre Murphy has special responsibility for the Royal Ceremonial Dress Collection and for curating exhibitions and displays at Kensington Palace.
Attention Students: The FRCC is seeking new members of all departments to assist operations at the F R C. E-mail Maria Beniaris (mbeniaris@saic.edu) to apply.
The Masters of Design: Fashion, Body & Garment students from the Professional Practices course have styled a new exhibition regarding surface manipulation and material texture using garments from the F R C Wardrobe, on view now in the Fashion Department exhibition case.




Several garments including this piece by Comme Des Garçons have returned from their long journey to ModeMuseum Provincie Antwerpen for the Game Changersexhibition. MoMu is the fashion museum of the Province of Antwerp, Belgium. Founded on 21 September 2002, the museum collects, conserves, studies and exhibit Belgian fashion.

Stop by the Wardrobe to get reacquainted with this iconic piece by the influential Japanese designer and more.


Recent acquisitons to the Wardrobe include two exquisite pieces by Sacai (left) and Simone Rocha (right).

These recent 2016 garments are currently displayed in the Study Room.

To see more of the Simone Rocha SS16 collection, click here.



September 22

Guest Lecture  Laurent Cotta: Proust’s Muse, The Countess Greffulhe — 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM, SAIC Fashion Resource Center, Sullivan Center #735

October 6

Fashion Department Lecture — The Weaving Mill — 12 PM – 1 PM, SAIC Fashion Resource Center, Sullivan Center #735

October 11

Guest Lecture  Deirdre Murphy, Curator at Historic Royal Palaces — 4:15 – 5:15 PM, SAIC Fashion Resource Center, Sullivan Center #735

October 13

The F R C presents its annual sale — including a once in a lifetime Katrin Shanabl sample sale, designer fabric by the yard, discounted books, magazines & more — 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM, Leroy Neiman Center Lobby
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INTERESTED IN FASHION AND TRENDS… LEARN HOW THE FASHION INDUSTRY WORKS… Overview of the fashion design and merchandising industries, includes trend analysis, fashion theories, apparel manufacturing, marketing, retailing, and buying. Career opportunities are emphasized.