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Marshall Lauds Students’ Acceptance Into ITAA Show

Published: November 30, 2012

Garment design works by seven undergraduate students from the fashion merchandising program at CSULB were accepted for inclusion in the fashion show at this year’s International Textile and Apparel Association (ITAA) Annual Conference in Hawaii, Nov. 13-17.

Only 37 percent of the total design entries were accepted for the conference, but CSULB had seven of its 10 submissions selected for the event.

The CSULB students invited were Breana Chew, Irvine; Kristina Koga, Encinitas; Tiffa Lu, Los Alamitos; Basil Malicsi, Los Banos; Andrea Medina, Arcadia; Elizabeth Moreno, Garden Grove; and Dawn Roda, Long Beach.

“The International Textiles and Apparel Association is comprised of faculty and students of fashion from all over the world,” said Suzanne Marshall, director of the CSULB fashion merchandising and design program. “Thus, the competition for student designers is extremely competitive. The students submit garments which are evaluated by criteria established by the top design experts in academia, many of whom also have students in the competition.

“For our design program to have seven garments selected to be shown at the annual meeting held in Honolulu, Hawaii, this year is a huge honor for our students, our design faculty, our college and our university,” she added. “This honor gives us international recognition and visibility as a program, which produces some of the most outstanding design students in the world. We are very proud of this honor.”

Throughout the week, dozens of workshops and activities were held and designed to develop and strengthen leaders in the design field. The book, Leadership the Eleanor Roosevelt Way, was used as a framework. Coordinators and presenters included Karen Leonas, Washington State University; Jane Hegland, South Dakota State University; Gwen O’Neal, University of North Carolina, Greensboro; Holly Bastow-Shoop, North Dakota State University; and Leslie Davis Burns, Oregon State University.

One of the main sessions was titled “Use and Application of the Sustainable Apparel Index,” which focused on the Higg Index for measuring the environmental and social performance of apparel products and supply chains that produce them. The Higg Index is a tool developed by the Sustainable Apparel Coalition, an industry-wide group of leading apparel and footwear brands, retailers, manufacturers, non-governmental organizations, academic experts and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Another main session, “Teaching Textiles Online,” focused on using the Textile Kit swatch set, iTextiles and related software.

The International Textile and Apparel Association is a non-profit organization that advances excellence in education, scholarship and innovation, and their global applications in the textile and apparel fields. In 1935, the United States Office of Education cooperated with institutions of higher learning in studying the curricula. As a result, conferences of textile and clothing professors have been held annually since 1944.

Next spring will mark the 25th anniversary of CSULB’s own Campus Couture Fashion Show, organized by CSULB fashion merchandising students and featuring clothing created by CSULB fashion design majors.

–Ken Swisher