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Fashion studies student team wins top award through International Textile and Apparel Association

Monday, November 9, 2020

A team of three fashion design students were awarded the Optitex Technology Award in the undergraduate category during the 2020 International Textile and Apparel Association’s annual conference.

Rachel Dugger and Dani Hall, December 2019 graduates and Kelly Grogan, a May 2020 graduate, developed a design collection using advanced computer technologies such as 2D digital pattern drafting, 3D virtual simulation and textile digital printing. One of the designs in that collection, Nebulous, was selected for the top award.

This collection was developed as a part of the final project of a fashion pre-production technology course in fall 2019. The goal of this course was to equip students with advanced digital technologies for fashion pre-production and to help them understand the fashion pre-production process for mass production. Therefore, the final project of this course was designed to simulate the pre-production process in an industrial environment. Notably, by collaborating with an industrial partner, Academy Sports + Outdoors, students were prepared to work professionally under constraints.

To follow the design theme, “Lifestyle Collection: Wearing athletic-like clothing every day”, which was assigned by Academy Sports + Outdoors, the overarching goal of the Nebulous collection was to design garments functional enough for outdoor activities but fashionable enough for daily wear. The design concept centers around reclaimed comfort, versatility, and convertibility.

Nebulous was completed with high quality in every design and product development stage. It demonstrated the fashion pre-production knowledge and digital techniques the design team had acquired. It also showcased the student designers’ capability in conducting successful market research and their understanding of textiles. It consists of a loose-fitting linen/cotton blend tank top with pocket and belt details and a pair of cotton corduroy cargo pants. The designers selected these fabrics for comfort, durability, and breathability. The designers also designed the plaids and digitally printed it for the tank top. While the belt can be used to cinch at the top when a wearer wants the garment to be close to her body, the belt and pocket can convert into a carrying bag.

The fashion studies program has utilized the Optitex 2D and 3D software for a number of years through a partnership with Academy Sports + Outdoors. With the high level of performance that students are able to demonstrate with the software, Academy Sports + Outdoors has continued to provide financial support for students in the fashion studies program to be able to utilize this leading-edge software.

For more information on the fashion studies program at K-State, please visit their website.

This article was posted on Monday, November 9, 2020, and is filed under College News, Interior Design and Fashion Studies, Student Research.