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Designs from fashion students, professors to be at national conference

Fashion Merchandising and Design professors and students will have seven research projects and four fashion products displayed in November at an international conference.

The designs were accepted by the International Textile and Apparel Association and will be showcased at the annual conference from Nov. 8-12 in Vancouver, British Colombia. The ITAA conference hosts more than 600 people and features a diversity of themes such as technology, design and environmental studies.

“We’ve submitted and been accepted before, but in recent years this is the most robust list of presentations accepted,” said Michael Mamp, Central Michigan University fashion professor.

Students and faculty have been working on their projects for more than a year.

Professors Mamp and Su Kyoung An collaborated together on a gown inspired by traditional Korean handbook costume. The textile was printed from a painting onto the fabric. This ecological process and use of technology is one of the reasons the dress was accepted, Mamp said.

Mamp said the selection process was very rigorous. Only 45 percent of faculty who submitted designs were accepted, 32 percent acceptance for graduate designs and 23 percent for undergraduate designs.

“It is increasingly more competitive for every category,” Mamp said.