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Philadelphia University fashion design seniors gave their collections a turn on the catwalk and Obey Clothing designer and alumnus Mike Ternosky was honored April 21 at the University’s annual Fashion Show, The Roxborough Review reported April 28.

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Models show PhilaU student designs at the annual American Heart Association’s red dress fashion show at the Mütter Museum.

Philadelphia University student fashion designers rocked the runway at the annual red dress fashion show sponsored by the American Heart Association (AHA) on April 27 at the Mütter Museum.

A panel of judges, including Jay McCarroll, PhilaU fashion design alumnus and faculty member, selected the winning designs, which will be featured at the AHA’s Go Red for Women Luncheon on May 13 and will be prominently displayed in a Macy’s Center City window at a later date.

The three winning red dresses (left to right) were designed by students Arleny Corona, Ashlee Bowers and Amie Dews.

The three winning red dresses (left to right) were designed by students Arleny Corona, Ashlee Bowers and Amie Dews.

Winning designers included Arleny Corona, first place; Amie Dews, second place and people’s choice award; and Ashlee Bowers, third place.

In all, 27 stunning student designs in various shades of red were presented to an enthusiastic audience at the red dress preview party event.

This marks the 12th year that PhilaU has collaborated with the AHA on its annual red dress event. The red dress has become a symbol of efforts to raise awareness about heart health in women. Heart disease is the leading cause of death for women in the U.S. For more info about the AHA’s Go Red for Women event and heart health for women, click here.

betsy olmstedBetsy Olmsted, who received her master’s in textile design at PhilaU, has found success through her use of surging colors and organic, intuitive approach, noted a profile in the May 2016 issue of Susquehanna Style.

Olmsted, who designs such things as scarves, pillow and tea towels for clients including Anthropologie, West Elm and Land of Nod, said she started her own firm to balance her work and family life. Her book, “Hand-Printing Studio: A Visual Guide to Printing on Almost Anything,” will be published next month.

Philadelphia University industrial design senior Renee Kakareko won $5,000 to further develop oLIVE Devices, her company that provides “smart” eyewear for the hearing impaired, at the 2nd annual JAZ Tank pitch competition held April 27 in the Kanbar Campus Center.

Industrial design senior Renee Kakareka and PhilaU President Spinelli.

Industrial design senior Renee Kakareka and PhilaU President Spinelli.

JAZ Tank was co-sponsored by PhilaU and Jefferson Innovation Pillar to bring innovation to healthcare through entrepreneurship. Seven early-stage businesses were pitched to the panel of investor judges as part of the event’s Venture Track.

Micaela Langille Collins took the first-place prize of $10,000 for her business that facilitates breast-feeding among working mothers, and runner-up Justine Han received $5,000 for her business of plasma treatment for corneal ulcers.

PhilaU President Stephen Spinelli Jr. announced the winners, who, in addition to the cash prizes to develop their businesses, also received a free patent, copyright or trademark application, business mentorship working space and consulting services.

Kyle Garb, a senior industrial design student, also had an opportunity to pitch his alternate burn care application device, which would dispense medication to painful burns through a misting system that would avoid direct contact with the sensitive skin.

Earlier that day, PhilaU graduate industrial design student Syed Azaaz Ahmed was selected as one of four earlier-stage entrepreneurs to access funding through the event’s Opportunity Track. His developing business, Air Eyes, would allow those who are blind to sense what is around them through pulses of air.

Kakareko, who said her glasses provide “superpowers” for people with hearing disabilities, developed the high-tech eyeglasses that capture the words of people and display them to the wearer for her senior capstone project. She said 14 percent of children in the U.S. have hearing impairments, noting that her fashionable glasses can impact both speech comprehension and the social aspects of being hearing impaired.

The previous day, Kakareko had presented oLIVE Devices at the Venture Fair in Philadelphia and was featured in The Philadelphia Inquirer.

 

The PhilaU IIDA Campus Center was recognized for Excellence in Education as well as Membership Marketing and Recruitment.

The PhilaU IIDA Campus Center was recognized for Excellence in Education as well as Membership Marketing and Recruitment.

Philadelphia University’s student International Interior Design Association (IIDA) Campus Center has won two awards from the association: the Excellence in Education Award and the Excellence in Membership Marketing and Recruitment Award.

The Campus Center Awards recognize outstanding achievement in five categories to encourage IIDA Campus Centers to develop and maintain excellence in their work to enhance the interior design profession at the student and local level.

The awards reflect “the incredible culture of engagement” that PhilaU’s interior design students have with the profession and IIDA, said Lauren Baumbach, director of PhilaU’s interior design and interior architecture programs.

“Our students understand the value of active participation in the profession, real-world connections and education beyond the classroom while they are still in school,” she said. “Winning this award acknowledges their remarkable commitment to the interior design profession and drive to reach out to the wider design community.”

Interior design senior and IIDA co-president Nicole Criscenzo said of the awards, “It affirms that we have achieved the level of excellence and rigor we have strive for on a national level and showcases the incredible level of support and education we receive in our interior design program.” She added, “I am so pleased that our campus center has had such a great year and has been recognized for all of the work we have done.”

Industrial design senior Renee Kakareka pitched her oLIVE Devices smart glasses to help hearing-impaired students at the 18th annual Venture Fair, The Philadelphia Inquirer reported April 27.

“A fluent signer and industrial design senior at Philadelphia University, she dreamed up a device that is a variation on Google Glass,” the Inquirer reported. “Its microphones collect speech, convert it to script, and beam that into the retina of the eyes.

Kakareka will pitch her innovation today at the JAZ Tank at PhilaU.

The design of SPACEWORK consists of a minimal use of color, clean typography and a minimalist cover.

SPACEWORK’s design consists of a minimal use of color, clean typography and a minimalist cover.

Philadelphia University’s SPACEWORK 02 won a Franklin Award for Excellence in the category of “catalog: over 32 pages including cover” in the 2016 NeoGraphics Competition. The annual design publication produced by students in PhilaU’s College of Architecture and the Built Environment (CABE) will receive the award at a ceremony on May 12.

Managed by the Graphic Arts Association, NeoGraphics is one of the nation’s largest regional graphic communications competitions. Each year, NeoGraphics receives approximately 500 entries in some 70 categories by more than 60 printing and design companies for the Franklin awards.

“This award is a big accomplishment because it demonstrates that our students are competitive within the real-world design industry, in this case with professional book designers and graphic artists,” said Donald Dunham, associate director, Master of Architecture Program, CABE. “It is another example that Philadelphia University’s approach to education–innovation and collaboration in the real-world–is making a real difference.”

The idea for SPACEWORK came from a group of graduating architecture students from the class of 2014, explained editor Jessie Nonnenman ’16.

“They thought that because PhilaU students and faculty are encouraged to design and think about a range of architectural theories, we should have a publication to capture the wide range of creativity that comes from CABE and also to initiate conversations within the studio,” said Nonnenman, an architecture major. “However, we were careful not to make SPACEWORK a yearbook. Student work is curated around different chapters and organized so projects from any year of any CABE program are often featured side-by-side.”

 The staff of SPACEWORK earned the Franklin Award in the category of “catalog: over 32 pages including cover” in the 2016 NeoGraphics Competition.


The staff of SPACEWORK earned the Franklin Award in the category of “catalog: over 32 pages including cover” in the 2016 NeoGraphics Competition.

As a designer for SPACEWORK, architecture major Kristin Pool ’15 sought to make the publication a canvas for the contributors’ projects and interviews. Its design consists of a minimal use of color, clean typography and a minimalist cover.

“We wanted the book to stand out on the shelves,” she said. “The white cover with embossed cubes is a design that helps to give SPACEWORK an identity of its own and entice readers to keep reading.”

Eating Disorder

“This is a very hopeful event,” said Jeanne Felter, director of the M.S. in Community and Trauma Counseling program.

Philadelphia University’s Community and Trauma Counseling program will host “The Art of Recovery,” an exhibit created by women in recovery from eating disorders, on Tuesday, April 26, from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Kanbar Campus Center Performance Space and Living Room.

The artwork will offer an in-depth look at the complexity of eating disorders, said Jeanne Felter, director of the M.S. in Community and Trauma Counseling program. It also will raise awareness and reduce the stigma associated with mental health.

“This is a very hopeful event,” Felter said. “Women share, through their words and their art, their experiences and journey to recovery. The visual depictions of their journey—be they dark, scary, full of struggle, or light, hopeful, healing images—will resonate with all who attend and draw attention to the creative means by which art therapists can support growth and healing.”

Six of the artists and Sondra Rosenberg, an art therapist at the Renfrew Center, will be present to discuss the powerful themes in the images. Attendees also will learn how to identify people who may be struggling with an eating disorder and help them get treatment.

For more info, visit here.

Philadelphia University’s annual Fashion Show honored Obey Clothing designer Mike Ternosky and the most creative and innovative student fashion and textile designs of the year, Women’s Wear Daily reported April 22.

The article, printed below, featured student designers Cassie O’Toole, Sierra Rocco, Brittany DeColi, Huyen Doan, their textile and industrial design collaborators, as well as PhilaU President Stephen Spinelli Jr. and faculty member Jay McCarroll.

“Rules in fashion are meant to be broken — and today’s the day they’re meant to be broken by people like you,” Ternosky,, 2000 alunus, said in accepting the 2016 Spirit of Design award.

Read the PhilaU Today story here.

Philadelphia University Fashion Show Honors Obey’s Mike Ternosky and Students

Obey Clothing head designer Mike Ternosky was on hand Thursday night at Moulin at Sherman Mills, a converted Civil War-era textile mill, where  he received the 2016 Spirit of Design Award at Philadelphia University’s annual Fashion Show.

University president Stephen Spinelli Jr. presented Ternosky, a 2000 alum, with the award, lauding his achievements in building the Obey Clothing streetwear line, which is based on the work of Shepard Fairey, the artist best known for his “Hope” poster of President Obama. Previous winners of the Spirit of Design award, first given to Geoffrey Beene in 2002, include Tommy Hilfiger, Nicole Miller, John Varvatos and “Project Runway” season one winner Jay McCarroll, who was in the audience, looking very pilgrim-esque in a wide-brimmed hat.

In his acceptance speech, Ternosky humbly expressed his appreciation, then moved onto words of inspiration for the burgeoning designers. “This is the epicenter of something great that’s about to happen,” he told the graduating class. “We’re at a really pivotal point in the fashion history where there are no longer rules. Rules in fashion are meant to be broken — and today’s the day they’re meant to be broken by people like you. So to you changers of the fashion world, I say don’t be average. Be unique. And that begins right here on the stage, right now.”

As if on cue, the fashion and textile design students’ creations began making their way down the runway. They included two collections by seniors shown at New York Fashion Week last February, as part of Emerging Designers Collective runway show: Cassie O’Toole’s ethereal pieces, inspired by “The Great Wave” woodblock print, and Sierra Rocco’s minimalist denim and print collection, which also won the Carson Kressley Most Ready for Retail award. Other standouts include Brittany DeColli’s gender-bending separates infusing plastic overlays with primary-colored rompers and harem pants, and Best of Show winner Huyen Doan’s “Floating World,” a study-in-blue collection of patchwork puffer bomber jackets and dresses.

More than 20 red gowns created for the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women campaign were also shown, with a red shantung peplum dress adorned with tassels being a highlight. And in a nod to the evening’s honoree, the university offered the new Mike Ternosky Obey award for Most Creative Collection.  Cassie O’Toole also won this one, for another multi-colored, shredded-textile collection inspired by blown glass.

As he did last year, TV fashion authority Carson Kressley, a member of Philadelphia University’s board of trustees, kicked off the show to the audience of 1,800 — a mix of industry insiders and up-and-coming designers. “I’ve had the opportunity to interact with the students, who are just so talented and dedicated, it’s thrilling. Plus, it’s a great place to poach talent and find people to work for me,” said the cheeky style pundit. As he left the stage, Kressley urged the crowd to “be really loud during the show, they love the applause. It makes the models smile, which is a real feat,” he quipped.

 

Philadelphia U. fashion student Jessica Griffin won the award for excellence in bridalwear for her collection inspired by the French countryside in collaboration with textile design student Maggie Kincade.

Fashion student Jessica Griffin won the Award for Excellence in Bridalwear for her collection inspired by the French countryside in collaboration with textile design student Maggie Kincade.

With influences as diverse as Japanese woodblock printing, prairie life during the turn of the 19th century and marble paneling found in Rome, the works of 110 student designers hit the runway April 21 for Philadelphia University’s annual Fashion Show.

Featuring 300 head-to-toe looks, the show at Moulin at Sherman Mills presented a record number of collaborations among fashion design, textile design, graphic design and industrial design students, said Sheila Connelly, director of the fashion design program. “That is Nexus Learning.”

Mike Ternosky ’00 echoed those thoughts while accepting the Spirit of Design Award, presented to an individual who has had a significant influence on design and design education. He thanked the University for giving him the foundation to succeed and creating a positive ecosystem for him to become the head designer and partner at Obey Clothing.

“I had the ability to collaborate with other students who are now my lifelong friends,” said Ternosky, adding that PhilaU expertly prepares students for a current fashion environment that has no rules. “They’re creating a world about not being average. It’s about being unique, and you’re going to see that on the stage tonight. This is the future of fashion.”

The exuberant crowd of 1,300 people witnessed a steady stream of dynamic and inventive womenswear, menswear and childrenswear over the course of the afternoon and evening. NBC10 meteorologist Bill Henley and news reporter Katy Zachry served as emcee and commentator, respectively; Emmy Award-winning fashion celebrity and PhilaU Trustee Carson Kressley H’13 was honorary chairperson.

fashion designer Cassie O’Toole won the Mike Ternosky Obey Clothing award  for most creative collection for her collection inspired by blown glass pieces in collaboration with textile design students Katherine Burghart, Sarah Mersky, Huanlin Wang and industrial design student Valerie Gibbons.

Fashion designer Cassie O’Toole won the Mike Ternosky Obey Clothing Award for her collection inspired by blown glass pieces in collaboration with textile design students Katherine Burghart, Sarah Mersky and Huanlin Wang and industrial design student Valerie Gibbons.

Old libraries and the magic of opening the cover of a book inspired senior Jessica Griffin’s “Uncovered” collection, done in collaboration with textile design senior Kimora Kendall. The French countryside and romance were evident throughout her bridal collection, “Le Jardin,” a collaboration with textile design senior Maggie Kincade. Griffin won the Award for Excellence in an Eveningwear or Bridal Collection, and her work was funded by the Eileen Martinson ’86 Fund for the Undergraduate Capstone Experience. (See the full list of award winners below.)

Senior Huyen Doan won Best of Show and Best Senior Collection for “The Floating World,” inspired by Japanese woodblock printing called ukiyo-e, which is characterized by linear work, asymmetry, abnormal composition and intricacy. Doan collaborated with textile design senior Megan Kohl.

Structural blown glass pieces that showcase movement and color fueled senior Cassie O’Toole’s collection “Cacophony.” Also funded by the Eileen Martinson ’86 Fund for the Undergraduate Capstone Experience, she won the Mike Ternosky Obey Award for Most Creative Collection. O’Toole collaborated with textile design graduate student Katherine Burghart, textile design seniors Sarah Mersky and Huanlin Wang, and industrial design graduate student Valerie Gibbins.

Prior to the Fashion Show, produced by the Fashion Industries Association and led by fashion merchandising senior Taylor Larson, prospective students had the chance to get a sneak peak at some of the designs at the First Look Show.

Also during this time, a panel of Ternosky; Kressley; PhilaU alum and “Project Runway” veteran Jay McCarroll; and Heather McDowell, associate creative recruiter, talent acquisition for Urban Outfitters, took questions from the eager crowd.

Obey Clothing head designer Mike Ternosky, a PhilaU alumnus, won the 2016 Spirit of Design Award for his contributions to fashion through his hip, streetwear brand.

Obey Clothing head designer Mike Ternosky, a PhilaU alumnus, received the Spirit of Design Award for his contributions to fashion through his streetwear brand.

When a person asked Kressley if he could change one thing about his early career, he deadpanned, “I wouldn’t have bought those parachute pants.”

Quickly turning serious, Kressley said he would have strived for a more focused education.

“I didn’t know what I wanted to study when I was in college,” he shared. “I think you guys are already ahead of the game. You’re applying to a program where you can learn skills, get a job and do exactly what you hope to do.”

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Student winners at the 2016 Annual Fashion Show included:

AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE
In an Eveningwear or Bridal Collection: Jessica Griffin

CARSON KRESSLEY AWARD
Most Ready for Retail: Sierra Rocco

COATES BROTHERS CLOTHING AWARD
Excellence in Workmanship and Quality/Senior Collection: Maria D’Agostino

COLLECTION XIIX AWARD
Collaborative Textile Design for Womenswear: Danielle Doscher and Megan Kohl

DESTINATION MATERNITY AWARD
Design Excellence in a Sportswear Collection: Deanna Kennedy

FASHION DESIGN FACULTY AWARD
Excellence in Design: Danielle Clark

FASHION INDUSTRIES ASSOCIATION AWARDS
Best of Show: Huyen Doan
Best Senior Collection: Huyen Doan
Best Senior Collection Honorable Mention: Wenting Zhang

FRANK AGOSTINO AWARD
Eveningwear Award for Excellence in Design and Execution: Jonathan Cantu

JOAN CALABRESE AWARD
Excellence in Childrenswear: Lea Paul

MIKE TERNOSKY OBEY AWARD
For Most Creative Collection: Cassie O’Toole

N.A.M.S.B. FOUNDATION AWARD INC.
Joseph Klein Award for Excellence in Menswear Design: May He

NEXUS LEARNING AWARD
A Collaborative Design Initiative: Cassie O’Toole, Brett Udovich and Sarah Mersky

NICHOLAS LOUIS PALUMBO AWARD
Outstanding Design by a Junior Fashion Design Student: Maria Balestino

SCHOOL OF DESIGN AND ENGINEERING AWARD
Outstanding Senior Design Student: Carly Giordano

UNITED FABRICS AWARD
Original Jacquard Textile Design: Rebecca Flax

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PhilaU received the following sponsorships for the Fashion Show:

PATRON SPONSOR
Macy’s

MENTOR SPONSORS
Edward P. Marram and Karen K. Carpenter
Tadd ’75 and Sandy ’77 Schwab

SPONSOR A STUDENT
Matt D. Baker
Marie Cuevas
Edward P. Marram and Karen K. Carpenter
Jennifer Frank Rhodes ’96
Tadd ’75 and Sandy ’77 Schwab
Italina Shea