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Conference Will Help Students Interested in Fashion Career

OLYMPIA — May 6, 2011 — Costuming. Drapes. Illustration. Textiles.

The first Puget Sound Business in Fashion Conference will be held May 7 at the Art Institute of Seattle.

Subtitled “Forecast: Fashion!” the conference will be attended by 150 students and teachers. The opening speaker is Logan Nietzel, a New York artist who was a finalist on Season 6 of Bravo-TV’s “Project Runway.”

“The conference has two main functions,” said Mary Nagel, the Family and Consumer Sciences Educators program supervisor at the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction. “First, we want students to see what’s happening in the world of fashion. Second, we want the fashion industry to see what students are producing.”

Currently, 58 schools across the state feature textile and apparel courses as part of the Arts, A/V Technology & Communications career cluster, which is one of the 16 career clusters offered through the Career and Technical Education program.

“We really want students to understand that there are more professionals out there than just fashion designers,” Nagel said. “There are visual display artists, events managers, technical designers and clothing buyers, just to name a few. Having students see that variety I think will motivate and energize them.”

The conference centers around three 45-minute workshops that the students participate in. The workshops, led by industry leaders, give students broad and diverse views of the fashion industry. Contests – including garment design and fashion writing – will let students show their work and win prizes such as a new sewing machine or scholarships for summer courses at the New York Fashion Academy or Art Institute Summer Studio.

This is the first Business in Fashion conference on the west side of the state. The conference has been held in eastern Washington for the past three years.

The conference will be held from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.


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