Many fashion students believe that they have great style sense and know how to dress well. This seems to be true at Ashland University. In every fashion class I have been a part of, I have always been able to look around the room and admire the outfits that my classmates put together. Not only does a genuine interest in fashion help students’ fashion sense, but the courses offered are also helpful. Classes such as Fashion Analysis, Fashion Industry, Fashion Merchandising, and Textiles are just some of the helpful courses that enable you to dress for success.
Fashion Analysis: This course involves learning personal coloring, and figuring out what type of clothing is best for a student’s specific shape and measurements. Additionally, a large part of this course is dedicated to drawing fashion figures and faces, as well as garments.
Textiles: This course is where students learn about different fibers, yarns, and fabric, and how garments are constructed with them. It also involves testing certain materials in different ways to see what their best uses are.
Fashion Industry: Students learn about designers and manufacturers in the industry, the way they operate, and what they are known for. Additionally, the history of the industry and how it all got started is included in this course.
Fashion Merchandising: In this course, students learn about planning, buying, and selling of merchandise, as well as getting an overall education about fashion merchandising. Students will stay up to date with trends, industry, and forecasts as well.
It seems clear why these classes may be helpful to not only a student’s career, but also his or her personal wardrobe. I decided to look into the closet of Alyssa Miller and ask a few questions about how she has developed her wardrobe and how specific Fashion Merchandising classes have helped her do that. Alyssa is a senior Marketing Major and Fashion Merchandising minor, and is also a captain on the Women’s basketball team. After graduation, Alyssa will be moving to Baltimore to work at Under Armor’s headquarters as a Merchandising Coordinator for Specialty Retail. I was inspired to do this by http://closetvisit.com, a blog where Jeana Sohn visits different ladies’ closets. Check it out!
Interview with Alyssa
Q: How has Fashion Analysis influenced your wardrobe?
A: I have warm undertones and spring coloring, which is something I learned about in Fashion Analysis. This lacy, light coral shirt is something I have because I found it to be one of my best colors. I usually pair it with skinny jeans or even dress pants. In Fashion Analysis, I also learned that I have a tubular shape, and this coral peplum top gives me more of a figure.
**Note: In Fashion Analysis, we use watercolors to identify and paint the exact colors of our hair, skin, eyes, and lips. We then compare these colors to a chart which will tell you what season your personal coloring falls into, and what colors look best and worst on you. Additionally, we use a chart to discover whether our measurements are tubular, rectangular, circular, upside down triangle, or triangular. Do you know what your best color is?
Q: What types of garments in your closet relate to what you learned in Textiles?
A: Both of these pieces are showcasing the tribal trend going on right now. In textiles, we learned about how these types of patterns were printed on fabrics. Additionally, both of these garments are made of polyester, which means they are wrinkle resistant, and resistant to stretching and shrinking. This may be why polyester fabric is good for a shift dress and a loose fitted shirt.
Q: How did Fashion Industry change your wardrobe?
A: In Fashion Industry, we learned about different designers and the types of things they did to become successful. I got Michael Kors flats as a statement piece that I can wear with everything.
Q: What clothes in your closet were inspired by Fashion Merchandising?
A: Learning about trends in Fashion Merchandising, we found that denim is a top trend right now. I have a denim shirt, which is a classic look and can be paired with different separates.
Q: Overall, what would you say about your experience with the fashion classes at Ashland University and how they have influenced your wardrobe choices?
A: Being an athlete, all you ever know is sweatpants and t-shirts. Fashion merchandising has heightened my awareness of top designers, allowed me to understand what clothing looks best on me, and has helped to add variety to my wardrobe.
Alyssa is just one example of how Fashion Merchandising at Ashland University has affected the way she dresses. Not only can students gain relevant experience and learning towards a degree, but also enhance his or her closet with the best outfits! Who wouldn’t want to do that?
Christy Fox is a senior Marketing Major, and dual minor in Fashion Merchandising and Information Systems at Ashland Unviersity. She is currently the Marketing Intern at the Ashland University Rec Center.