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Fashion Feedback

February 15, 2018

Lasell College seniors in the fashion design and production program participated in blind reviews of their capstone collections on January 26, garnering feedback from industry professionals, professors, and their peers in advance of their spring runway show.

Each of the 17 students prepared a booth in DeWitt Hall with personal branding elements - business cards, resumés, and their portfolio - as well as design concepts, artist statements, fabric swatches, sample garment tags, and at least three completed pieces from their collection. The catch? Once their booths are assembled, the students depart so reviewers may provide feedback solely on the elements on display.

Industry professionals and alumni from companies including Talbots, The TJX Companies, J. Jill, and Nic+Zoe have frequented the review session since its inception. Their collective feedback provides creative direction and suggestions for student designers to consider modifications to their garments in their final months of production. Within the 17 collections in progress, inspiration was derived from ocean creatures, fables, futuristic gods and monsters, and the five senses, among others. One portfolio featured garments made entirely of hand-painted hemp, while another used their designs to explore material representations of anxiety.

Senior capstone students must produce a minimum of eight garments to showcase at the runway show as part of Lasell's Spring Connected Learning Symposium, an annual event that highlights industry-aligned student projects. This year's symposium will be held on Tuesday, April 24.