Philadelphia University welcomed some 160 prospective students, parents and guests Oct. 25 at Discover Fashion and Textiles Day, which included a lively conversation with Emmy Award-winning fashion celebrity Carson Kressley H’13.
Kressley, who serves on the University’s Board of Trustees, described the numerous benefits of PhilaU, including a strong faculty, opportunities for industry collaboration and the many career paths available within the fashion and textiles worlds.
“This is the place that prepares you for your entrance in the industry,” he told the packed Tuttleman Auditorium.
Discover Fashion and Textiles Day, which also included tours of the new Fashion and Textiles Futures Center and classroom visits, provided prospective students with an in-depth look at PhilaU’s fashion and textile programs and the successful careers on which graduates embark.
“I was thrilled to have the opportunity to share with prospective families what makes PhilaU students stand out from other candidates in the employers’ eyes,” said Ainsley Maloney, PhilaU’s assistant director of industry relations, who spoke at the session with Kressley. “We have a record number of on-campus interviews happening this semester, and employers constantly rave about how in-depth our students’ knowledge is of the industry and how impressed they are with their real-world, collaborative projects.”
The session with Kressley also included three current PhilaU students, who offered additional insights into the PhilaU fashion and textile experience.
Fashion design student Vivian Cooper ’18 recently won a $5,000 YMA scholarship and has interned at the global firm PVH Corp., which includes the brands Tommy Hilfiger, Calvin Klein and IZOD, for the past two summers. She also spent last spring in Rome as part of the University’s study abroad program. Cooper praised the school’s family feel and supportive environment. “The faculty is always in our corner,” she said.
Textile design student Maddalena Sutton ’17 is interning at Lilly Pulitzer and was selected for the competitive study abroad opportunity at Heriot-Watt University in Scotland. She noted that PhilaU gives students a well-rounded view of how the industry works, from the technical to design aspects.
Fashion merchandising and management student Nicole Braun ’17 also spent last spring in Rome and has interned at Nicole Miller and Burlington Stores, which just offered her a full-time position.
“Everything you need for your future is right here,” Braun said.
Prospective student Joseph Cabry, who attended Discover Fashion and Textiles Day, said he was aware of PhilaU’s excellent reputation, and that attending the 2016 Fashion Show last spring really got him excited about applying.
“It just clicked,” said Cabry, a student at Delaware Valley Friends School in Paoli, who hope to study study fashion design here.