The fashion department is stepping out of its comfort zone and heading to a new location for the annual spring fashion trip.
On April 10, nine students will venture all the way to Dallas, a growing and prime location for fashion, for a four-day adventure of shopping, networking and learning how to make it in the fashion industry based on their major.
Every spring, students have the opportunity to visit New York City to immerse themselves in what some call the fashion capital of the world. Students also have the chance to attend the MAGIC trade show in Las Vegas every other year. This would have been the year for MAGIC, but Courtney Cothren, a well respected fashion teacher in charge of organizing the trip, did not feel comfortable traveling so soon after having a baby. The trip would have been this month.
A trip to Dallas is not new to Stephens.
“I think many years ago there may have been trips to the Dallas Fashion Group International Career Day but it hasn’t happened in some time,” Cothren said.
The FGI Career Day is something unique to Dallas. The nine students were able to pick classes they want to take that pertain to their major. Some of the classes include elements dealing with fashion show production, textiles and fashion writing.
The Career Day is the only element that will be different from New York City.
“Other parts of the trip will be the same. We will still have an event with Dallas alumnae, attend industry visits, have a group dinner, among other things,” Cothren said.
Industry visits seem to be the highlight of the fashion trips. In fact, Caroline Sheridan, junior fashion marketing and management major, went on the New York City trip last year and gained a lot of experience.
“Visiting Clinique headquarters was my favorite part. I learned to not limit myself and to network as much as possible,” Sheridan said. “Our appointments were really informative and encouraging.”
The itinerary will be different as far as visiting different industries.
“We are planning to meet with Neiman Marcus, as their corporate office is a block away from our hotel. We are also planning to have meetings at Stanley Korshak and Forty-Five Ten which are very important Dallas retailers,” Cothren said.
Cothren also emphasized how trips like this are beneficial when it comes to networking. After a few days of hard work, the students will be able to shop at Northpark Center and Highland Park Village.
Cothren, as well as the nine students, are counting down the days until the trip.
“I started my career in Dallas and lived there before moving back to Missouri,” Cothren said. “I haven’t been to Dallas in a couple of years and I miss it. I’m looking forward to visiting my favorite places!”