MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — In today’s fast-paced world of fashion, it’s essential that students interested in pursuing a career in the industry have a space that fosters innovation, creativity, and creativity. curiousity.
Now, thanks to a $750,000 donation from a donor who wishes to remain anonymous, West Virginia University students and faculty of fashion, apparel and merchandising can create and educate at two brand new studios. cutting-edge fashion design.
“This generous donation has helped build beautiful and welcoming spaces for students and faculty to collaborate creatively, engage in experiential learning, and develop skills crucial to succeeding in the fashion industry. competitive,” said Darrell Donahue, dean of the WVU Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources. and Design.
Located on the ground floor of the South Agricultural Science Building, the Fashion Illustration Studio includes equipment for hand drawing and digital fashion illustration, digital apartments and technical packages. Students will also create new models and scan models for printing while gaining experience with the latest in computer-aided drafting.
Just above, on the first floor, the Fashion Design Studio offers workstations to learn essential skills in pattern design, layout and cutting, garment construction, and draping techniques.
The 4,400 square foot renovation also includes storefronts, student lockers, a meeting room and a common area.
For Katie Jones, associate professor and coordinator of the fashion, apparel and merchandising program, these new studios illustrate the commitment of the College and the University to the program, its students and its faculty.
“I don’t know anyone who has that view,” Jones said, referring to the lush green space quad on the Evansdale campus. “When space is limited on a campus like ours, the luxury of being in so much space, the symbolism of this college commitment is really important to our well-being and our sense of belonging to the community of the campus.”
In addition to the modern and spacious studios, Jones is particularly excited about the new exhibition space outside the Fashion Illustration Studio.
“We didn’t really have a dedicated place to put finished work, but now we have the ability to build exhibits and give students the opportunity to expand that part of their repertoire,” she said. . “I think there will be positive spinoffs from walking past these windows and seeing what fashion students and scholars are putting out into the world.”
Above all, Jones hopes that part of the huge benefits is that a sense of community becomes an important part of the program.
“As we work diligently to instill a unified sense of purpose in all fashion, apparel and merchandising students and teachers, having this physical platform will allow visual communication of these efforts, reinforcing our common identity even as we each pursue our diverse interests in this kaleidoscopic industry,” she said.
The donation was made through the WVU Foundation, the nonprofit organization that receives and manages private donations on behalf of the University. To contribute, visit the secure online donation page at give.wvu.edu.
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High: The new fashion illustration studio includes equipment for hand drawing and digital fashion illustration, digital apartments and technical packages.