Carroll Tech Center students collaborate with Stevenson University for fashion exhibit

Carroll Tech Center students collaborate with Stevenson University for fashion exhibit
Taylor McGowan, a student at the Carroll County Career and Technology Center, cuts cloth at the Tech Center in Westminster on Monday. Students were working on designs for their "Rebels of the Runway" fashion show. (KEN KOONS/STAFF PHOTO, Baltimore Sun Media Group)

Textiles and fashion students at the Carroll County Career and Technology Center have stepped away from their sewing machines to experience the fashion world in another way.

The students have teamed up with fashion design majors at Stevenson University to put on the college's annual fashion exhibit "We Are One In Fashion."


The exhibit kicks off on Thursday, Dec. 4, and features designs inspired by the traditional clothing of cultures around the world including Hawaii; Britain; Spain; India; Greece; Japan; as well as Egypt and Morocco, and other parts of Africa.

While nine fashion design majors created outfits for men, women and children, 17 of the Tech Center's textiles and fashion students worked in teams to create displays for the garments.

With the younger students beginning their part of the exhibit in September and the college students beginning their designs during the summer, collectively the students worked long and hard to create finished products.

The displays created by the high school students include globe backdrops designed to highlight each culture, and above the globes are the names of each place, decorated with fabric, beading, yarn and other materials.

Sally DiMarco, associate professor and fashion design program coordinator at Stevenson, was pleased with the displays made by the Carroll students.

"I think [the displays] are outstanding," she said. "They really capture the flavor of the entire exhibit. They put a lot of thought into each of the countries the students were working with."

This is the second year the Tech Center's fashion department has worked with Stevenson.

DiMarco called the partnership a good résumé builder for the students.

Tech Center textiles and fashion careers instructor Cathy Harris said the experience is a valuable one for her students.

"This is their first experience working with a college group and I know they're nervous, but they have learned a lot about design and I'm excited for them," she said.

Harris' students said working on the exhibit is good preparation for the fashion show they'll host Jan. 9 and for the careers they'll obtain in the future. The students will act as designers and models, and do the behind-the-scenes work for their show.

"This is really good practice for us for what we have to do for our show," said Bianca Pirone, a senior. "I think it's really awesome that we get to help out, and I love seeing everyone's outfits and how they view the different countries. They draw their inspiration from everywhere."

Emily Hinz, also a senior, appreciated having the chance to get some visual merchandising experience.

"I really like visual merchandising because that's something I want to do as a career," Hinz said. "I've been wanting to do that for a while and I hadn't gotten any experience and now I have. I really liked that I could see what they were doing and use it for inspiration. I think it turned out really well."


The exhibition will be on view at Stevenson from Thursday, Dec. 4, through Jan. 15 and then it will move on to other locations.

Matt Laumann, cultural programs manager at Stevenson, said in previous years the garments had been displayed in Italy and as part of Fashion Week in New York, a week in which fashion designers display their newest collections in a runway show for buyers and the media.

Some of the Stevenson students' designs will be featured in New York on Feb. 19 as part of Plitzs Fashion Marketing NYC Fashion Week and in the Whitaker Gallery at Hood College from Feb. 19 to March 7 as part of a fashion photography exhibit.

Reach Sarah Hainesworth at 410-857-7873 or email

If You Go

What: "We Are One In Fashion" exhibit

When: Reception 6 to 8 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 4; gallery open through Jan. 15. Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays; 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursdays; 1 to 4 p.m. Saturdays; and closed Sundays.

Where: St. Paul Cos. Pavilion, Stevenson University, 1525 Greenspring Valley Road, Stevenson

Cost: Free

If You Go

What: "Rebels of the Runway" fashion show

When: Refreshments at 6:30 p.m. and show at 7 p.m. Jan. 9; rain date Jan. 16

Where: Carroll County Career and Technology Center, 1229 Washington Road, Westminster

For more information: Call 410-751-3669