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Summer 2005 | Volume 28, Number 2 | Campus

Students Wow Regional Business Crowd With Innovative Clothing and Interior Designs

THE NEXT KENNETH COLE, Kate Spade, or Rachel Ashwell? You might have found them on June 2, 2005, at Seattle Pacific University’s Apparel and Interior Design Show, where representatives from Nordstrom, Union Bay, Tommy Bahama, and several local interior design firms were on the lookout for rising stars and fresh ideas among the SPU students showcasing their work.

Held in First Free Methodist Church, more than 400 people attended the show, which featured the creative efforts of 18 apparel design students and 22 interior design students. “Students selected a world country and city and allowed their designs to take inspiration from that region,” says SPU Assistant Professor of Family and Consumer Sciences Jaeil Lee.

The result? A dress inspired by Grecian moonlight, a striking red Brazilian gown accessorized by a peacock feather, and a leopard-print satin and linen dress designed with Africa’s Serengeti in mind. One of the student designers, Jaime Sackville, who graduated in June, says her interest in international fashion design goes beyond her class project. “I want to move to Italy to work in fashion,” she says.

Lee says two new apparel design graduates were offered design positions with Nordstrom as a direct result of the show. Another is interviewing for a position at Cutter and Buck.

Across the room, the interior design students’ exhibits featured diverse fabric swatches, bits of wood flooring, and granite samples — all to show the texture and flavor of their interior projects for residential, commercial, hospitality, restaurant, and retail spaces.

“The displays demonstrated each student’s ability to assemble a consistent visual arrangement that reflected their unique gifts and personalities,” says Adjunct Professor of Family and Consumer Sciences Keith Miller, who notes that SPU’s interior design program is the only four-year program in Western Washington.

“Our goal is to allow this event to grow even greater in the coming years,” says Miller. “I hope the success of this exhibit will demonstrate to others how truly involved God is in all of our affairs here on earth. I am honored to be a small part of engaging our culture to change the world.”


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