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Alumna critiques student designs

February 6, 2015

An alumna now working as a freelance designer returned to the Stephens campus today to give junior design majors some feedback on their class assignments.
Emily Starke urged students to be cautious when using rhinestones, to be strategic about zipper placement and to select designs that will be realistic to complete within the semester.
“That might be difficult to execute,” she said, looking at a detailed drawing. “Always think about the end result. You don’t want to draw things you can’t make.”
Starke also encouraged junior Cortney Sims to consider prints that complement one another. In the end, the two agreed Sims would use a fun unicorn print with another pattern, pulling the two looks together with a black leather jacket.
After graduating from Stephens in 2010, Starke went to work at Under Armour as a woman’s apparel designer. She worked on women’s golf, training, team sports and Power in Pink collections, and also worked to build seasonal color palettes for the women’s line. After four years, she returned to Missouri and is now a contracted freelancer for Gear for Sports.

While senior design students at Stephens are wrapping up their collections for the annual spring fashion show, juniors are creating pieces for class that might also show up on the Stephens runway following a professional judging process. Additionally, juniors are working on designs and garments for scholarship competitions through the Council of Fashion Designers of America.

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