Texas A&M University-Kingsville

Fashion interiors merchandising students to attend international career day

KINGSVILLE - April 17, 2007

Contact: Julie Navejar
kajam03@tamuk.edu or 361-593-2590

Balenciaga exhibit will be part of tour

Twelve fashion and interiors merchandising students from Texas A&M University-Kingsville will leave for Dallas Wednesday, April 18, for the Fashion Group International Career Day. Accompanied by their sponsor Dr. Kathleen Rees, human sciences professor, the group will spend two days attending seminars and competitive events before returning home Saturday, April 21.

A&M-Kingsville students making the trip include Esmeralda Almaguer, senior from Driscoll; Rebecca Arevalo, junior from Sugar Land; Cassandra Canales, junior from Alice; Raquel Castillo, sophomore from Kingsville; Laura Fuller, senior from Harlingen; Vicki Jo Garcia, senior from Driscoll; Analisa Hernandez, senior from Corpus Christi; Mary Lou Herrera, senior from Corpus Christi; Amanda Hinojosa, senior from Corpus Christi; Cameron Moon, junior from Auburn, Ala.; Anali A. Ortega, freshman from Kingsville; and Michelle Vallejo, senior from Lyford.

One of the highlights of the trip will be a visit to the Meadows Museum at Southern Methodist University to see the exhibit Balenciaga and His Legacy: Haute Couture from the Texas Fashion Collection. The exhibit features couture designed by famed designer Cristobal Balenciaga and worn by Texans.

They start off their trip Thursday with a morning of seminars and brunch at the Nordstrom Galleria. The group will have a field day and an analysis of the Dallas retail environment. The second day will be spent in Career Day seminars followed by competitive events.

Five A&M-Kingsville students have entered the competitive events. Canales submitted a jean jacket for the Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS (DIFFA) competition. The jacket had to be redesigned, reconstructed, deconstructed and/or embellished for the competition. All jackets will be donated to DIFFA for their fundraising auctions and events.

Arevalo has entered the Kenneth Cole Reaction Merchandising competition. She developed a project and merchandising board based on the Kenneth Cole Reaction women’s apparel.

Arevalo, Fuller and Ortega have entered the Trend Board competition. They researched trends utilizing Texas natural fibers including cotton, wool and mohair and put together a presentation board on their findings.


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