Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Fashion School News Academy Award: Nordstrom Selects Two School of Fashion Students For 2007 Summer Internship Program

By Artist Kate Kavnevik.

Two School of Fashion students will spend the summer in Seattle designing for private label lines in the Nordstrom Product Group Design Summer Internship Program. BFA Fashion Design student Anh Luong will design for Caslon, a Nordstrom private label womenswear brand of comfortable, casual weekend wear, and BFA Fashion Design student Laura Pazin will design for the Accessories Department.

The competition entailed creating a women’s contemporary line for the Fall/Winter 2007 season. Students created presentations that included a written description of their design concept with visual, fabric, trim and color research, as well as illustrations and flat technical designs.

Linda Marie Tiliano, Nordstrom Recruiting, “was extremely pleased with the design talents” from the School of Fashion. The competition included students from Academy of Art University, Parsons and Otis.

Nordstrom internships are paid and open to college juniors and seniors lasting for eight to ten weeks through the summer. Interns receive training in management, coaching and leadership while gaining insight to the many roles and career paths available in the retail industry.

In 2006, three School of Fashion students were selected. MFA Fashion Design student Yoshimi Fukazawa designed for Halogen, a Nordstrom private label womenswear brand aimed towards a younger customer, BFA Fashion Design student Laila Ghorban designed for Caslon, and BFA Fashion Design student Joon Pak designed accessories.

Nordstrom has grown from one downtown Seattle shoe store into a nationwide fashion specialty chain with renowned services, generous size ranges and a selection of the finest apparel, shoes and accessories for all ages. The company's philosophy has remained unchanged for more than 100 years since its establishment by John W. Nordstrom in 1901: offer the customer the best possible service, selection, quality and value. Nordstrom is a Hall of Fame member of FORTUNE magazine’s “100 Best Companies to Work For” list.

Saturday, June 16, 2007

Fashion Journalism School Notebook: Fashion Journalism Student Published in Soma magazine!

BFA Fashion Journalism student Sydney Pfaff published in Soma magazine!

Fashion Journalism School Notebook: Fashion Journalism Student Named San Francisco Correspondent of Italy's Fashion Magazine!

In April 2007, the editor in chief, Ms. Titti Matteoni, of Italy's leading trade magazine of the fashion industry (think Women's Wear Daily) was one of our Fashion Week guests. Her publication is called Fashion magazine and as another guests said, "its the most important publication to read!"

After meeting BFA Fashion Journalism student Sydney Pfaff, Ms. Matteoni asked her to write a story on San Francisco for her publication. Here is that story.

Since then, Sydney has been named "San Francisco Correspondent" and is listed on the masthead.

Friday, June 15, 2007

Fashion Illustration School News: Gladys Perint Palmer’s Illustrations Included in Four Leading European Exhibitions

Gladys Perint Palmer, executive director of the School of Fashion, has been recognized for her work as a leading fashion illustrator by the Victoria & Albert Museum (V&A) in London. Her lively illustrations are featured in the V&A 150th Anniversary Exhibition. As one of the world’s foremost museums of art and design, the V&A invited 150 leading designers, architects, photographers, fashion designers and artists to contribute a page to their Anniversary Album.

Three of Gladys’ illustrations have been included in the recently published book 100 Years of Fashion Illustration by Cally Blackman (Laurence King Publishing). This 384-page book is a visual feast of 400 images. To coincide with the publishing of 100 Years of Fashion Illustration, William Ling and the new Fashion Illustration Gallery (FIG), at 97 Golborne Road in London, held an exhibition of rare and precious drawings that included a select group of illustrators featured in Blackman’s book. Three of Gladys’ original drawings are featured alongside the work of Antonio, Cecil Beaton, Manolo Blahnik, Rene Bouche, Alfredo Bouret, Carl Erickson and Rene Gruau. This month, the exhibition moves to The Summer Fair Olympia ( where close to 300 international exhibitors present thousands of the finest works of art and antiques.

In addition, Printemps Department Store Paris, 56 Boulevard Haussmann, will be exhibiting 31 of Gladys’ original drawings as part of their summer event “The French Fashion Touch” from July 26th through September 9th. Founded in 1865, Printemps is a leading department store in Paris. By examining the manner in which the French are perceived abroad, they have created this event to take the visiting tourist on an in-store tour of their vision of the best of contemporary French culture. Gladys’ selected illustrations are of French fashion and personalities from her coverage of Paris Fashion Week over the years. Also included are photographer Jean-Michel Berts, Paris Première, the upscale French cable channel, La Belle Ecole, the first School in Europe to specialize in French étiquette classes, Serpette et Paul Bert, the internationally reputable flea market, and Alain Ducasse, the famous four-star French chef.