Reflecting on the 2010/11 Academic Year as Director of the Fashion School

J.R. Campbell at the Fashion School's annual fashion show

J.R. Campbell at the Fashion School's annual fashion show

The 2010/11 academic year was another incredibly busy one for the Fashion School! We continue to grow (and sometimes experience growing pains) in both numbers and quality. This long post is essentially a copy of my annual review as the Director of the Fashion School. I thought it might be good for everyone to know what I have been up to, and to learn a bit about what I hope to do next.

We have a large and strong faculty contingent in the Fashion School that spans our three locations (Kent, NYC and Florence, Italy). I am continually impressed with the dedication of the Fashion School faculty, especially at this institution where teaching demands are pretty high – they are all involved in so many things while being truly dedicated to their teaching practice and to our students. Recently, we hired our newest tenure-track faculty member, Dr. Kim Hahn, who will be joining us in the Fall 2011 semester. That brings the Fashion School up to a total of 19 full-time faculty and over 20 part-time faculty across the three locations!

In Fall 2011, we will have our LARGEST INCOMING FRESHMAN CLASS ever (both in the Fashion School and at KSU)! This will bring our total number of students well above 1200, making us one of the largest fashion schools in the US offering 4-year bachelors degrees. We appreciate being recognized in the recent attempts to rank fashion schools both nationally and internationally by the team at fashionista.com, who placed the KSU Fashion School at 4th and 13th respectively in the US and in the world! Obviously, we think we are doing great things, but it’s nice to know that others do too. One of our biggest strengths is that we have one of the lowest tuition rates in the US for a well-known fashion school, while also providing (expecting, actually) opportunity for all of our students to study at one of our own study-away locations (the NYC Studio or the Palazzo de Cerchi in Florence) or to engage in one of our partner study away programs, such as the Paris American Academy, Hong Kong Polytechnic University or AIU London. We also now have a great network of Fashion School alumni from all across the nation who are absolutely fabulous at helping to get our existing students internships and opportunities in the industry. We are continuing to increase our use of digital design and production technologies and seek partnership worldwide to explore how we can integrate the use of these tools to lead to new modes of design and production as well as new business models for the fashion industry. Through all of this, we hope to “Inspire Students To Become Resourceful And Creative Fashion Leaders.”

Following is an account of the progress on my personal goals as the Director from the 2009/10 academic year, a description of new activities during the 2010/11 academic year, and my goals for 2011/12 (more photos are below):

Progress on Goals from 2009/10: (progress further described in narrative)

1. Develop proposal for the Masters of Fashion and Doctorate of Fashion to submit to the College Curriculum Committee in early fall 2010 and to OBR by end of fall semester;
     a. PDP developed and submitted to OBR, feedback completed May 9th, 2011

2. Develop a strategic plan and infrastructure for the NYC studio;
 a. Strategic plan developed, budgeting model still in progress
     b. Staffing infrastructure re-aligned to fit strategic plan; Outreach Program Coordinator and NTT Faculty positions created.

3. Develop mission statement for the TechStyleLAB and continue to develop educational and entrepreneurial opportunities there; initiate fund-raising campaign for TechStyleLAB;
a. Mission statement developed
     b. Business plan in progress
     c. Funding for TSLAB website and laser cutting machine received from Murphy Foundation
     d. Website in final development
     e. Laser cutting machine purchased, installed following door re-construction, and initial training has taken place
     f. TechStyleLAB technician hired
     g. Murphy Foundation funding approved to support a TechStyleLAB Manager position; position is in the search/hiring phase
     h. Student internship program initiated; first student started May 17th, 2011
     i. Tax planning advice received
     j. Payment processing / website implementation still awaiting review from KSU

4. Increase both the number of students and the comparable number of scholarships for international and study away programs; Increase Hong Kong Polytechnic University exchange by 3 students; explore possibilities for a spring semester program in Florence; work to have 60 students per term and in the summer at the NYC studio program;
     a. Achieved. 4 students to HKPolyU this year, all 4 funded with Broadbent Scholarship; 1 student funded to attend the new PAA program was awarded both the Broadbent funds and a housing scholarship from PAA.
     b. HKPolyU will accept 5 KSU students in SP 2012.
     c. 48 students attended Florence Program in Fall 2010, 65 are planned for Fall 2011.
     d. 11 students in the PAA program
     e. Numbers have decreased for summer NYC Program – need to address out-of-state tuition scholarships

5. Explore possible international connections with China, India and Korea;
 a. Next steps for course concepts were discussed during meeting with BIFT faculty in Beijing during March 2011. Target implementation of shared course is for summer 2013.
     b. MOU agreement has been discussed with Ewha Women’s University in S. Korea
     c. Verbal agreement received from iFashion Director, Dr. Park at Konkuk University to consider KSU Fashion School as the US location for iFashion test-site partnership.
 d. Potential for India trip in Fall 2012; members for FDM Advisory Board sought from major India fashion companies.

6. Create formal contract between Kent State University and Paris-American Academy for the vendor agreement;
a. PAA/KSU contract, program fees created, finalized and approved

7. Revise junior-year curricula across the degree programs in design and merchandising;
   a. Junior year and ENTIRE fashion design curriculum has undergone major revision, leading to the proposed creation of a BFA program. Submitted and approved at College of the Arts Curriculum (CCC) meeting; preparing for submission to KSU Educational Policies Council (EPC)
   b. Fashion Merchandising curriculum also underwent major revisions leading to better alignment with design and preparation for graduate programs. Revisions approved by the CCC include requiring all FM majors to select a minor beginning Fall 2012.
     c. New arrangements for the revived MBA with Fashion Concentration were negotiated and agreed upon, leading to an understanding that all fashion students who apply early to the MBA combined program will be considered MBA with fashion concentration; and will be allowed to complete their fashion electives (FDM grad courses) prior to the core MBA requirements.

8. Continue to explore viabilities of a minor connected to Fashion Journalism;
a. Three meetings were convened with CCI leaders to continue conversations on this topic. Shared courses have been publicized; next step is to consider courses that could work to create a complete and combined minor degree program.

9. Work to develop a Kent Core course (e.g. Costume History and/or Fashion and Popular Culture)
a. Developed, proposed and approved by the CCC, but frozen due to Kent Core.

10. Continue development of the communications strategy and web site.
   a. Website still in progress, often impacted by unknown changes in Common Spot…
     b. I have proposed the creation of a media team in which I will select a student to be the lead editor, and I will function as the executive editor for helping to maintain news activities in the Fashion School. I had hoped to start this prior to the end of the spring semester, but was not able, so will advertise this for fall 2011.

2010/11 Narrative


 Travel/Partnerships:

Tampa, Florida –

View of Tampa, FL

View of Tampa, FL

  • Visited with Dr(s). Rex & Geneva Damron in Tampa to learn more about the Mentor/Scholarship program they manage through their foundation.  This led to the creation of our own Mentor/Scholarship program in the Fashion School, which is in and evolutionary stage and in consultation with members of our advisory board and alumni to gain insight on how to create the best fit for us.

Korea –

"DMZ" - view of piece created collaboratively with Vince Quevedo

"DMZ" - view of piece created collaboratively with Vince Quevedo

  • Exhibited my work in the Korea Fashion Art Biennale at the Korean Centre for the Arts, Seoul.  The collaborative piece created with Vince Quevedo was recognized with the top award for the international exhibition.  (see reference below in ‘Research/Creative Activity’).

    J.R. outside of the Fashion Art Biennale "War and Peace" exhibition

    J.R. outside of the Fashion Art Biennale "War and Peace" exhibition

  • In addition, as part of the Fashion Art Biennale symposium, I was invited to give a presentation on my work to faculty and students in the Design College at Hong Ik University.

    J.R. Presenting at Korean Universities

    J.R. Presenting at Korean Universities

  • I was also invited by Ewha Women’s University to present (separately) to both undergraduates and graduate students in the textiles and clothing program.
  • While I was in Seoul, I also met with Dr. Chang Kyu Park at Konkuk University to learn more about his research center called ‘iFashion’, which focuses on design and production technologies/interfaces in fashion.  Dr. Park has received extensive funding from the Korean government to support the development of integrated on-demand production technologies (3D body scanning through to digital output).  He provisionally agreed to have KSU become a test site for the system if funding is received to host a system in the US.

    iFashion Touchscreen Customization Interface

    iFashion Touchscreen Customization Interface

  • Finally, I also visited with Dr. Hyeong_Seok Ko, who has designed a system called “Digital Clothing” which consists of a 3D fabric rendering software, integ­­rated with patternmaking software.  His team has developed a means to use a digital calibration board and off-the-shelf digital camera to capture garment pattern for patternmaking.

    Dr. Ko, Hyeong_Seok and J.R. Campbell at Seoul National University

    Dr. Ko, Hyeong_Seok and J.R. Campbell at Seoul National University

DC (Digital Clothing) Suite Digitizing System

DC (Digital Clothing) Suite Digitizing System

China –
    • In the Fall semester, delegate groups from both BIFT and Ningbo University spent time visiting the Fashion School and listening to my presentation about the School.
    • While I was in Korea, the Dean of the Fashion program at CAFA, invited to host us along with their students to show our student work in Beijing during China Fashion Week.  Seven senior designs students were selected and traveled with Dr. Sherry Schofield-Tomschin, Linda Ohrn-McDaniel and me to Beijing in late March, 2011. All expenses were paid by the sponsor of the fashion show event, Boboalon.  While we were there as a group, we toured the CAFA campus and learned about their fashion programs.
Abigail Drake - one look from her senior collection - on stage in China

Abigail Drake - one look from her senior collection - on stage in China

 

African Inspired design by Vanecia Kirkland - on stage during China Fashion Week

African Inspired design by Vanecia Kirkland - on stage during China Fashion Week

Digitally printed ensemble by Zachary Hoh - on stage during China Fashion Week

Digitally printed ensemble by Zachary Hoh - on stage during China Fashion Week

Digitally printed look by Bethany Clark - on stage during China Fashion Week

Digitally printed look by Bethany Clark - on stage during China Fashion Week

Design by Stacie Moening - on stage during China Fashion Week

Design by Stacie Moening - on stage during China Fashion Week

Design by Caitlin Nugent - on stage during China Fashion Week

Design by Caitlin Nugent - on stage during China Fashion Week

Samantha Woodard's menswear design - on stage during China Fashion Week

Samantha Woodard's menswear design - on stage during China Fashion Week

 

  • We also took time to visit BIFT; to get a full tour and to hold a visioning meeting about next steps in creating a combined summer course concept between our institutions.  The goal will be to create a course for summer 2013 in which a student from BIFT will be paired with a student from KSU to work on a fashion project together; requiring each to spend some time learning and working in each others’ languages.

 Development:

Kleibacker Scholarship –

  • Shawn Gordon (the College of the Arts Development Director)  and I travelled to the Columbus Museum of Art, following the passing of Mr. Charles Kleibacker, to collect a large donation of books and illustrations that were bequeathed to the Fashion School from Charles’ estate in early Fall semester.  The books were catalogued and sorted by the Fashion Library and the KSU Museum staff and recommendations have been made on which would be best to add into their catalogs.  In the Fall 2011 semester, I will organize an event for the public to purchase the books that we are not keeping and use the proceeds to contribute towards the newly created Charles Kleibacker Student Scholarship.
  • When a cash donation came through from the Kleibacker Estate, I created an endowed scholarship account for the scholarship  and reserved some funds to create a more formalized archive practice/procedure for all of the illustrations held in the Fashion School and Fashion Library.  This is in process.

Friends of Fashion –

  • I worked with the President and Board of Friends of Fashion this year to better understand their mission and objectives for supporting the Fashion School and Museum.  This has led to an updated mission statement and revision of their membership dues.

Ferragamo –

Mr. Leonardo Ferragamo, President/CEO of Salvatore Ferragamo

Mr. Leonardo Ferragamo, President/CEO of Salvatore Ferragamo

  • During our Fall visit to Florence to meet with the staff and Director of the Florence Program, I was able to secure a meeting with Mr. Leonardo Ferragamo with the assistance of Marcello Fantoni.  During the visit Emily Aldredge and I presented information about the Fashion School and learned more about Salvatore Ferragamo.
  • Following the visit, the Fashion School decided to induct Mr. Ferragamo into our Fashion School Hall of Fame.  We were encouraged by Marcello, through his communication with Mr. Ferragamo’s team; and informed that he might also be quite interested in receiving an honorary doctorate from KSU.
  • With the assistance of Dean Wearden, Dean Crawford, members of the President’s and Provost’s offices and Char Reed, we created the nomination letter for Mr. Ferragamo’s honorary degree to be reviewed by the Board of Trustees.
  • The nomination was supported, and on April 7th, Mr. Ferragamo came to Kent to receive his honorary doctorate and be inducted into the Hall of Fame.  Friends of Fashion sponsored a lovely reception following the ceremony, and a great deal of publicity and conversation occurred.
  • Following the events, Mr. Ferragamo has been very helpful in providing opportunities for our students to engage in internships in Florence.
  • The next step will be to travel to Florence to discuss potential for creating a ‘Ferragamo Summer Fashion Workshop Series’

Ron Burbick/ Downtown Kent –

  • Dean Crawford, Shawn Gordon and I met with Ron Burbick to learn about opportunities within the new downtown Kent projects (Acorn Alley II) and learned that Ron had been reserving a key location for the Fashion School to hold a retail environment.  He offered to contribute funds annually to offset rental costs (for a 5 year contract) from his own foundation.
  • I met with our FAC and we decided that it would definitely be worth pursuing, if we can work out all of the details.
  • We have now signed the lease to open the first “Fashion School Store” in Kent, OH.  More details to follow.

CFDA/Vitamin Water –

  • CFDA and Vitamin Water partnered this year to create a lecture series (promoting the Vitamin Water products) in which select schools were chosen to have up and coming designers come and speak to the students.  We were asked to host one of their events, which occurred on March 30th, 2011 and was very well attended.
  • As part of our agreeing to host the event, CFDA and it’s partner donated $10k to our Student Scholarship fund.

KSU Florence:

  • We had a total of 48 students attend the Florence program (our largest group to date) in Fall 2010, and used local instructors to teach the design and merchandising courses, as well as the Europe Study Tour course.  They used the Palazzo de Cerchi space very creatively and created an open/shared studio environment for the design students that was very successful.
  • The contingent of students planned to attend the FDM Florence Program in Fall 2011 will consist of 65 students!

    Entrance window to the Salvatore Ferragamo Museum in Florence, Italy

    Entrance window to the Salvatore Ferragamo Museum in Florence, Italy

One of our Fashion School students, Jay, working in the Florence Studio

One of our Fashion School students, Jay, working in the Florence Studio

Student work space in the Florence Studio

Student work space in the Florence Studio

Paris American Academy:

Paris American Academy

Paris American Academy

  • This year marked the launch of the KSU/PAA courses during summer 2011 session.  We have 10 students attending the program that will receive KSU course credit for studying at PAA. 
  • I worked with Peter Carman, President of PAA, to come to an arrangement of terms, and then we met with constituents on campus to determine correct approval, sign-off and program fee procedures to officially start the program.
  • Additionally, we inspired Peter to offer a housing scholarship to one of our students to match the $3000 Scholarship supported by Mr. Bob Broadbent for the PAA Program.  This means one student was able to attend the program with only the cost of flights and food while in Paris.

 

Ohio – based travel/development:

  • Among many smaller visits in our region, I was able to meet with and discuss partnerships with two significant clothing production facilities in the Cleveland area this year – Hugo Boss and Vocational Guidance Services.  My goal is to continue to scope mechanisms for creating a scalable network of clothing assembler/sewers in the Akron/Cleveland area.

 

NYC Studio: 

  • In conjunction with Emily Aldredge and the FDM Faculty, a strategic plan has been developed
  • The budgeting model discussion are still in progress
  • Staffing infrastructure has been re-aligned to fit the strategic plan.  To do this, we created the Outreach Program Coordinator and NTT Faculty positions, which were filled by Matthew Stewart and Young Kim respectively.
  • This structure allows for continued administrative as well as academic support for the Director of the NYC Studio.  Young Kim, as an NTT faculty member has a more direct channel of communication with the Kent faculty, and works directly with the PT faculty at the NYC Studio to help facilitate consistency and understanding across the campuses.

TechStyleLAB:

 Website Development –

View of the TechStyleLAB website in development

View of the TechStyleLAB website in development

Through Murphy Foundation funding, we were able to have a new TechStyleLAB website developed that will allow customers to upload images and/or create and edit them online, then order their designs to be directly digitally printed onto fabric and paid for through the website interface.  This will help to put a much more public face on the TechStyleLAB concept and become a platform for creating future interactive innovations for access to these digital output technologies.

TechStyleLAB Technician –

In January we hired our TechStyleLAB Technician, Amy Howell, to begin supporting the commercial service and student interaction directly in the LAB environment.  Amy currently works half time, and we hope to increase her role as income allows.

Equipment –

Also through support from Murphy funds, we have purchased a wide-format laser cutting/etching machine.  This can be used to explore options for digital cutting garment patterns in fabric, and also as a surface design tool to cut or etch out designs into fabric surfaces.  We are currently waiting for the entry to the LAB to be re-done to allow for getting the machine into the space.  As a digital tool, this is a technology that will be the next simplest machine to adopt into our online commercial workflow, but it will also greatly expand our range of research investigations in the fashion context.

TechStyleLAB Manager –

In early 2011, we submitted a proposal to the Murphy Foundation to support the cost of creating a new TechStyleLAB Manager position.  The grant was awarded and allows for $100K over a two-year period to be paid as a salary to start this position in the center.   The plan is to advertise and hire the TSLAB Manager in early August 2011.

Stoll –

We have continued to have conversations with Stoll Knitting and are currently waiting on a bid to see if we can potentially purchase a multi-guage digital knitting machine that will allow for direct garment creation.  I met with representatives from Stoll during my last trip to NYC and we are stirring up some possibilities as you read this.

 

Advisory Board:

  • This year, the advisory board met in NYC in the Fall, but we did not meet in the Spring semester.  It was determined that a more active and formalized structure would be appropriate for the board, so Mr. Love Goel volunteered to be the Chair of the Advisory Board and to work with me to re-organize the structure.
  • We have drafted the new structure, and the informational documents to support the changes.  We will now have a smaller Executive Board, which will be responsible for addressing up to four main themes/projects annually; and will retain a larger Advisory Board to selectively activate for appropriate connections.
  • The Executive Board will meet twice a year (once in NYC and once in Kent), and is currently being re-formed.  Carry-over members have been asked, but new members are also strategically being solicited.

 

Enrollment strategies and management:

  • The following events were created in the Fashion School after I started as the Director.  These represent our most successful and strategic recruiting tools:
  • Behind the Scenes – occurs on the day before the fashion show, allows prospective students to spend an afternoon learning about the school and then attending the dress rehearsal of the fashion show.
  • Shadow and Prospective Days – Shadow days literally allow for prospective students to shadow some of our FDM students to gain a sense of what their classroom experiences are like.  These occur almost every Wednesday during the academic year.  In order to accommodate the large number of requests for visits, we also hold a more general informational Prospective day on Fridays.
  • AALANA Open House – This was a new event pioneered by our faculty member Tameka Ellington, with my supportvand with the guidance of the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.  It was very well attended and has already been referred to as a model for other schools to attempt.

Curriculum:

 Fashion Design –

  • This year I worked with the faculty in curriculum revision to create the proposed BFA, Fashion Design degree program.  The BFA will require increased studio credit and the creation of a final thesis collection. BA students will be required to take fewer studio credits with an emphasis on a diversity of studio practice and liberal art electives.
  • We also proposed to establish Establish an “FDM core curriculum” across all undergraduate fashion degree programs that introduces students to the fashion industry (FDM 10010 – Fashion Fundamentals), visual aesthetics (FDM 10020 – Fashion Visuals), fashion textiles/fabrics (FDM 10030 – Fashion Fabrics), and fashion technology (FDM 10050 – Introduction to Fashion Technology). FDM 10020 – Fashion Visuals has been revised to address both fashion design and merchandising majors. FDM 10050 – Introduction to Fashion Technology has been established as part of the “FDM Core.”
  • Additionally we proposed changes to the “Writing Intensive Course (WIC)” requirement, the “Foreign Language Requirement, and multiple design courses to support the proposed changes.
  • For the BFA, Fashion Design, a total 125 credit hours; and for the BA Fashion Design, reduced total of 122 credit hours (previously 127/128) will be required for graduation. Major Program Requirements credits decrease from 67/66 to 63; Additional Program Requirements credits decrease from 59/60 to 44-45 hours.
  • NOTE: ALL of these changes still await final approval at the KSU Educational Policies Committee and Board of Trustees levels before they become official

Fashion Merchandising –

  • The Merchandising faculty worked to create more flexibility and elective offerings in the FM degree program, incorporating the FDM Core concept, and proposing to require all FM majors to declare a minor.

Combined MBA –

  • We met with the MBA management team recently and determined solutions to help evolve the combined MBA and Full Time MBA programs with a concentration in Fashion.
  • New arrangements for the revived MBA with Fashion Concentration were negotiated and agreed upon, leading to an understanding that all fashion students who apply early to the MBA combined program will be considered MBA with fashion concentration; and will be allowed to complete their fashion electives (FDM grad courses) prior to the core MBA requirements.
  • Students in the combined MBA will be considered Full Time MBA Students.
  • Eventually, we will migrate this to be a combined graduate level program; once we have our own Masters level degree program, as we are currently the only undergrad to grad combined program in the MBA contingent.

JMC/VCD Fashion Journalism conversations –

  • Directors and faculty representatives from FDM, VCD and JMC met three times under the organizational auspices of the Associate Dean in CCI to discuss and determine further collaborations between our units related to the topic of ‘fashion communication’.
  • Courses from each program were specified as options for students from each of the other respective programs to be able to take for elective credit immediately.
  • Information about the NYC Studio course offerings were distributed to all, with the offer to have any of their students enroll in the NYC program as a means to take courses to support their major and begin to understand the fashion contexts.
  • Fashion Photography (offered by both JMC and VCD) is under discussion for offering at the NYC Studio as a way to bridge the programs.

MFASH/DFASH –

  • The Pre-Development Proposal was developed and submitted to OBR; and feedback was completed May 9th, 2011.
  • Our next meeting of the FDM grad faculty group will begin the process of developing the full proposal based on the feedback submitted.

Fashion Show:

Melissa Campbell, J.R. Campbell and 2011 Designer/Critic Jeff Bergus at the Fashion Show Dinner

Melissa Campbell, J.R. Campbell and 2011 Designer/Critic Jeff Bergus at the Fashion Show Dinner

  • As part of this year’s fashion show events, I created a more formalized and separate ceremony for the Scholarship donors and recipients.  This event, held prior to the fundraising dinner, was a strong success, but might need to be moved to a more isolated timeblock to be manageable for all involved.

Communications Strategy and Website:

Facilities and Classroom Management Strategies:

Integrated Studio concept –

  • This year I began an initiative to explore the better integration of the studio/classroom and computer lab environments.  We have started by purchasing 30 powerful laptop computers, which will be used to replace the 25 computers in our existing 3rd floor CAD lab.  Instructors will be able to reserve and check out the laptop cart to bring to any classroom space to assist in the instruction of specialized software in fashion design and merchandising.
  • The next step will be to de-commission the 3rd floor lab and convert it to a large office and check-out room for all electronic supplies in the Fashion School.
  • Following this, we will begin exploring the distribution of sewing machines, drawing and cutting tables in each of the studio classrooms, as a means to create integrated spaces where the entire design process (inclusive of having the laptop open on the studio table) can occur.

NYC Studio, Office space created for the NYC Director –

  • In January, we also paid to create a small private office space for the NYC Director, so that private communication can be managed in the close NYC Studio environment.

Extension/Professional Service/Outreach:

  • Senator Brown’s Office – met and worked with Jesse Gannon to facilitate Hugo Boss meeting
  • Team NEO – Cleveland. Met with group to present TechStyleLAB idea and scope funding opportunities.
  • Lorrain County Technology Grants. Met with group to present TechStyleLAB idea and scope funding opportunities.
  • City of Ravenna, Downtown Arts Center development project. Worked with James Thompson to scope out possibilities for a downtown Ravenna retail and production facility for the Fashion School and/or the College of the Arts.
  • Nanette Lepore – wrote letter in support of “Saving NYC’s Garment District”
  • Cotton Incorporated Project – “Luxury of Cotton” – directed 10 students to create engineered digitally-printed jackets as part of the grant team, managed by Dr. Nancy Stanforth
Digitally engineered print designs created by a Fashion School faculty and student team as part of a funded Cotton Inc. project managed by Dr. Nancy Stanforth

Digitally engineered print designs created by a Fashion School faculty and student team as part of a funded Cotton Inc. project managed by Dr. Nancy Stanforth

Guest Speakers I invited to speak at the Fashion School:

Philip Delamore, Senior Research Fellow, Fashion Business Resource Studio, London College of Fashion, UK

Peter Heslop, Director, Textile & Design Laboratory, Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand

Invited Lectures:

Hong Ik University, Seoul, S. Korea. Exploring the metaphor of digital interactive design collaboration as a virtual de-militarized zone (DMZ).  Lecture given as part of the Korean Fashion Art Biennale symposium at Hong Ik University.  9th November, 2010.

Ewha Women’s University, Seoul, S. Korea. Exploring digital interactive design collaboration: fashion art + fashion industry.  Ewha Woman’s University, Textiles and Clothing Department.  Seoul, S. Korea.  10th November.

Liquid Crystal Institute. TechStyleLAB: Exploring digital interactive design collaboration: fashion art + fashion industry.  KSU. April 20th, 2011

Cleveland Executives Association. TechStyleLAB: Exploring digital interactive design collaboration: fashion art + fashion industry.   May 20th, 2011

 

Research/Creative Activities:

  • Fashion Art Biennale – Seoul, S. Korea.  Vince Quevedo and I won the International Artist of the Year award for our collaborative piece “DMZ”.  Korea Fashion Art Biennale: Fashion Art – War/Peace. Seoul, S. Korea. 104 international artists from 17 countries were represented at this exhibition during the G20 Summit.
  • KSU Museum exhibition – Installed 3 Collaborative Pieces with Vince Quevedo, including DMZ

 

 2011/12 Goals


  1. Curriculum: MFASH/DFASH – develop full proposal and submit for review with anticipated start date of Fall 2012
  2. Curriculum: BA/BFA/BS – submit major curriculum revisions to the undergraduate programs for EPC and OBR review
  3. Development/Recruitment/Retention: Reposition Annual Fashion Show for presentation in Stump Theatre to build on partnering with the School of Theatre and Dance
  4. Development: Investigate opportunities for creating a Ferragamo Summer Workshop Series in Florence
  5. Development: Investigate possibility for creating a group trip to Florence
  6. Development: Determine further steps in any partnerships with Korea, China and India
  7. Facilities: Continue to implement the phases toward ‘open’ studios and integrate computer use into all studio classrooms via laptop provision
  8. Extension/Professional: Manage jurying and exhibition process for BIFT/ITAA exhibition in Beijing as part of joint symposium
  9. Extension/Professional: Look for a means to showcase Fashion School student work during China Fashion Week again.
  10. Communications: Create a student-based editorial team to help report on FDM events; as well as continue to update and grow website
  11. Communications: Work to develop a complete prospectus for the Fashion School to use for recruitment, international visits, and development activities
  12. Research and Curricular Projects:  Successfully hire a manager for the TechStyleLAB and develop the facility in context of the new Fashion School Store space in Acorn Alley
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