Spring has finally sprung and I know I am not the only one saying “FINALLY!” I can happily wear my sun dresses and flip flops. The cold weather just makes me feel extremely drab, and I have no motivation to put any effort into what I am wearing, or even my school work (sometimes). The warm weather has given me a boost of energy and happiness. With Spring here I feel like I just want to get outside and just walk. The warm weather lately has made me an extremely happy camper!
Last week I had the privilege to walk in the Fashion Merchandising spring fashion show. It was awesome. From the beautiful clothes I got to wear to the great people I got to work with I had a blast. The girls of the promotion class had such a great idea to showcase the hot spots of Saint Louis. I have a little bit of experience in modeling so walking was a breeze for me. I am quite excited to be apart of this class next year to create yet another great fashion show!
Last Thursday night officially marked the beginning of spring break for me because I don’t have classes on Friday (I do have meetings, but no homework was due, so it can still count as break). This time, I don’t have adventurous stories to tell about amazing travels. Nope, I was still at school. I’m not complaining though, because I finally got to complete a project that I hadn’t had time for previously. From 4:30-11:30 p.m., my roommate and I worked on creating another visual display for the windows in Anheuser-Busch Hall (don’t worry, we did break for dinner). It felt nice to just get it all done at once. This was not required for a class; we just really enjoy using these projects as a creative outlet. This display will stay up until the next fall semester (then there will be a class that takes over). Because it will be present for a while, we needed to pick a theme that would be appropriate for this spring, summer, and fall. The solution to that problem was designing a tribute to our beloved Fontbonne and Griffin mascot. Check it out!
What does it truly mean to dress for success? Now that I am talking an interpersonal communication class I get to explore what this truly means. When it comes to meeting people in regular social interactions to serious job interviews, your clothes are always communicating something. Are you trying to show you are a young professional or and underachiever. In some situations clothing can truly make or break you. The way I feel about dressing for success is that you should always dress like you have something important to do. But then again I could be a little bias because I am so into fashion, hence my major being Fashion Merchandising. In the end I just want to people to understand that sometimes it does matter what your wearing. So for that important job interview or if you just want to be sharp that day, Dress for Success!
What I want to do with my major, Fashion Merchandising, is own my own clothing line. I want to have a line of clothing out and start my own fragrance line as well. Though this will require lots of work and a creative mind, I know that it will be worth it!
Once again, another visual display has been completed in the windows of Anheuser-Busch Hall. For my visual merchandising class, this was the last installation assignment, which was bitter sweet. It’s a bit of a relief to know that winter break is just around the corner. That being said, I am really going to miss the work from this class. Doing hands-on projects almost every day is, in my opinion, the best way to learn. The visual merchandising tasks have really stretched my creativity. Just in the past semester, I feel like I have grown as an artist, student, and leader. A lot of group work and communication was required for this course.
The challenge for this final install was to use unconventional materials. Therefore, you will not find any fabric in the end result. Also, the display had to have a holiday aesthetic since they will be present throughout winter break. My group went with a white, gold, and silver color scheme and primarily used paper and ribbon. The background is full of paper snowflakes and snowballs. The mannequin’s dress is made out of ribbon. On the panels beside the mannequins, numerous strands of ornaments are hung. In the end, I believe we did a great job and that it looks very pretty. It definitely gets you in the holiday spirit. While it may look all pretty and sparkly, there was actually a lot of dirty work behind the scenes. I walked out of each class period with glitter in my eyes, fishing wire wrapped around my leg, glue under my nails, and push pins marks on my hands. I guess the saying “beauty is pain” is true sometimes.
It’s that time of year again. We’re just a few days away from Thanksgiving, a month from Christmas, then my birthday, and New Year’s! With these holidays come breaks from school, or times I usually think to be associated with relaxation and a lot less stress. I have a feeling this year will be different. My Thanksgiving break will be filled with driving back and forth from my hometown to St. Louis for work (Thank you, Black Friday), getting everything ready for all those holiday parties, and trying to at least a start all the projects due the second week of December. If there’s anytime this semester that I’ve needed luck, I think this occasion calls for it.
I look forward to seeing my family, baking and cooking, listening to holiday tunes, and experiencing winter weather this holiday season. Christmas and the holidays are merry times in the year, and the visual merchandising class I’m in just finished with their final display! The theme is “Unconventional Holiday”. Our display, which you can see below, houses numerous ornaments, snowflakes, and a dress made completely from ribbons! Our hope was that by looking at the display one felt a little holiday cheer. Thanks for reading..
Once again, I was provided with an amazing opportunity, thanks to the fashion merchandising department here at Fontbonne. With my Advanced Apparel Production and Evaluation class, we visited a local fashion designers’ studio. His name is A.J. Thouvenot, and he was a competitor on Project Runway a few years ago (which is the only TV show I have seen every single second of). I was fortunate enough to meet him last year when he was a guest speaker for a different class. I also assisted with dressing his models during his show at St. Louis Fashion Week in Delmar Loop this past fall.
Despite the fact that I’ve encountered A.J. a couple times already, I still learned a lot from him. He lives in an apartment complex in downtown St. Louis that is housing solely for artists. So, we got to see some of the crafts and tools used by the various residents. Then, we toured the space where he designs and constructs garments. He showed us inspiration mood boards, how he makes clothing patterns, unique printing methods, etc. A.J. also discussed some of the marketing and number-crunching work involved in running your own business. I am impressed by his knowledge and the amount of work he invests into his business. After class was formally over, I stuck around for a little bit longer so I could ask him some questions. And, I got a better look at some of the garments he has made. I felt like some of the looks were created just for me. His aesthetic is very colorful, funky, and playful just like mine.
I am always so grateful of the places I get to go and the people I get to meet, thanks to the wonderful faculty at Fontbonne. From studying abroad to exploring NYC to working backstage at Fashion Week, I feel like I’m living the life. I thoroughly enjoyed listening to A.J. and being surrounded by his creative work and outgoing personality. He is definitely an inspiration, causing me to believe that fantasies can be turned into a reality.
This semester, my favorite class is Visual Merchandising and Store Planning. Most of the course is very hands-on and project based, which I think is the best way to learn. One thing that we do as a class is install various visual displays throughout the semester. These display windows and cases are located in the Anheuser Busch building, home of the fashion merchandising department. The most recent displays are each based on a different decade: 1950s, 1970s, and 1990s. My group was assigned to do the 90s one. Honestly, at first I was a little disappointed, because the 90s was my least favorite decade of the possible options provided. However, I ended up having a lot of fun with my display. And, I got to do something very different from my usual aesthetic, which was a great growing experience.
I worked with a group of four other girls. We decided to go with a 1990s punk theme. Usually it would be more like me to do a project filled with girly colors and flowers. But I am really proud of the punk display. It brought out my tough girl side (which I didn’t even know existed!). The entire back is spray painted graffiti that we painted on paper and pinned to the wall. Hanging on the sides are strands of CDs tied together. There is trash overflowing from the beat-up can and scattered on the floor, as if the setting takes place in a back street alley. Finally, there are four rebellious punk girls showcased in cool, punk, black leather outfits. The looks are completed with studded shoes and Mohawk hair styles (which are made out of tissue paper).
This display will only be showcased in Anheuser Busch for one more week (including the 50s and 70s ones). They all look great, so it’s a shame they have to come down so quick. However, there will be new ones up soon. Keep in tune to see what the Visual Merchandising class will come up with next!
This week, the business department is hosting the annual occurrence know as Career Week. Throughout the week, there are numerous events planned that are intended to better prepare students for the work force. For example, resume/cover letter workshops, mock interviews, networking skills lectures, branding seminars, and more. To finish the week, there is going to be a career fair on Friday, in which various companies will be represented. This will be a great opportunity to learn more about possible internship and job opening.
Another offering was “Etiquette Dining.” I have been to a similar event in the past, but it was still interesting to go again. As a nice three-course meal is served, the rules of etiquette are presented. This type of information will be helpful for possible future meals spent with clients, employers, etc. Also, I “modeled” in a career wear fashion show. Various business appropriate outfits were presented for men and women (ranging from very formal to casual Friday looks). Then afterwards, students could purchase career wear.
Personally, I think it’s great that Fontbonne hosts Career Week. I want to use these types of helpful resources now while I am still in school. Once I enter the “real world” I won’t have professors and career counselors all around me!