Fashion Design at the University of North Texas

Fashion Design at the University of North Texas

August 26, 2019 2 By Stanley Isaacs


My name is Myra Walker. I am the director
and curator of the Texas Fashion Collection. The Texas Fashion Collection has become a
world-renowned resource. It is a collection of more than 15,000 pieces
of historic fashion which was started by Neiman Marcus in 1938.
These are authentic fashions. We have these incredible works by Balenciaga,
Norell, Charles James, Ralph Rucci. We’re constantly adding current designers
to our collection. In 2007, we created a major exhibition called
Balenciaga and His Legacy, Picasso of fashion. Our Balenciaga collection,
which is more than 300, is all haute couture. We have fashion students
come in to look at techniques, to see how things are made. So it’s a really
great resource for students. I’m Marian O’Rourke-Kaplan, associate
dean of academic and student affairs at the College of Visual Arts and Design.
One key thing that sets our program apart from others is that we’re housed in the
College of Visual Arts and Design. Our students have the art core to draw on,
the basic drawing and design classes, so they have that in their tool box when they
get in to the fashion program. So it’s a lot more creative, and in our
classes we also add in the reality check of what can be done in production, but our
students tend to be much more creative and design better designs because they have
that understanding of the basic elements of design and drawing. My name’s Li-Fen Anny Chang. I teach fashion
design. I’m more fascinated by couture sewing. I
almost feel like if I can think of the design, I feel like
I can make it. That’s why I teach students to know how
to make the garment, make it the right way. Currently, I teach
Fashion Design III, I teach how to drape, I show them how to transfer
to the pattern and cut it out. They will sew on muslin, I
will check the fitting. They will ask me how to sew a certain technique.
They will come to me and I will answer their questions. The real
world is very competitive. It could be a very cruel industry. Students
need to understand how to be strong to be able to be confident. My name is Janie Stidham, and I’m associate
professor of art in the College of Visual Arts and I’m the
area coordinator of the fashion design program. I really like
the actual act of creating beautiful art through fashion and that’s
really what I like to teach and pass on to the students. Students interested
in pursuing the fashion design degree are required to
take five core classes in the art program as all art students are. We get generally about 100 applicants for
38 spots. When they start the program, they start taking
basic skills courses. They take sewing, pattern-making, draping,
fashion drawing. Their senior year they are primarily working
on their body of work, which kind of culminates in ArtWear, which
is our senior exit review. It’s a runway show judged by professionals.
Every faculty here has a part in the whole event. We’re very
proud of it. It’s our big event at the end of the year. We’re very proud of our students and the
work that comes out in the show.