BOONE, N.C. — The apparel design and merchandising program of Appalachian State University’s Department of Applied Design presented “Showcase 2018” at the Holmes Convocation Center Saturday, April 28. The annual runway-style fashion show featured apparel collections designed by Appalachian students and faculty.
Awards, including course-specific awards for Apparel Design Studio II and Sustainability in Apparel Design, were presented at the end of the evening for the main show. An award for best independent student design was also conferred.
Winners for the main show — consisting of all senior apparel design and merchandising majors — included Katelyn Shumate, from Statesville, who received first place; Matt Moosa, from Charlotte, who came in second; and Sarah Bischoff, of Cary, who was awarded third place.
The award for Apparel Design Studio II went to Thomas Norwood, a junior apparel design and merchandising major from East Bend. Hannah Eckersley, a junior industrial design major from Raleigh, received the award for Sustainability in Apparel Design. Third-place main show winner Sarah Bischoff also won the award for independent student design.
The main show of the annual showcase featured the 27 seniors in the apparel design and merchandising program. Students in the program designed apparel collections for the main show in Apparel Design Studio IV, a course taught by Dr. Anthony Wilson, assistant professor in Appalachian’s Department of Applied Design.
Additional work featured in the pre-show included individual student designs created in the Apparel Design Studio II and Sustainability in the Apparel Industry courses, as well as independent student designs created outside of classes. The showcase also featured a brief exhibition of apparel designs by the program’s faculty members.
Showcase judges included apparel design and merchandising graduates Brandon Aldridge ’01 and Kristopher Robin Stevens ’11, as well as Maggie Hendrix Foster, who works for Gap Inc. Aldridge currently works for Sail to Sable and Sea NY, and Stevens works for Stitch Texas.
About the Department of Applied Design
One of seven departments housed in the College of Fine and Applied Arts, the Department Applied Design at Appalachian State University fosters excellence in design education, design research and professional placement. The department balances theoretical and pragmatic approaches while exploring an awareness of impact through design decisions on the global community. Faculty focus on a holistic approach to creative problem-solving by integrating sustainability and ethical responsibility in teaching and practice. The department offers bachelor’s degrees in apparel design and merchandising, industrial design and interior design. Learn more at https://design.appstate.edu.
About the College of Fine and Applied Arts
Appalachian State University’s College of Fine and Applied Arts is a dynamic and innovative group of seven academic departments, bringing together a variety of perspectives, experiences and real-world education to provide unique opportunities for student success. The college has more than 3,000 undergraduate and graduate majors. Its departments are Applied Design, Art, Communication, Military Science and Leadership, Sustainable Development, Sustainable Technology and the Built Environment, and Theatre and Dance. Learn more at https://faa.appstate.edu.
About Appalachian State University
Appalachian State University, in North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains, prepares students to lead purposeful lives as global citizens who understand and engage their responsibilities in creating a sustainable future for all. The transformational Appalachian experience promotes a spirit of inclusion that brings people together in inspiring ways to acquire and create knowledge, to grow holistically, to act with passion and determination, and embrace diversity and difference. As one of 17 campuses in the University of North Carolina System, Appalachian enrolls about 19,000 students, has a low student-to-faculty ratio and offers more than 150 undergraduate and graduate majors.