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Fashion leaders from all corners of the country come to Columbia to present to students

March 18, 2016

Fashion Your Future Day invited students in the Stephens School of Design (and all students on campus) to think about how they will shape their futures as the enter the workforce and pursue their goals.

The yearly event included highly successful guest speakers from the world of fashion who presented on essential career-focused topics like “How to Be the One that Gets Hired” and “Owning Your Career Development”.

Presenters included Wendy Manasse ’81, designer and founder of Quenchwear (Los Angeles); Anna Palke ’04, technical designer for Target Corporation (Minneapolis) who also spent years working in New York’s Garment District; Sylvie Obledo (pictured), a brand architect, strategist and stylist experienced in both the retail and wholesale sides of the industry (Sante Fe); and Lizann LaGrange ’84, women’s universe manager for Louis Vuitton (New York City).

The lecture series is held each year in anticipation of the jury of selection process which starts tomorrow. Then jury members will help decide which pieces will make the runway when Stephens hosts its annual fashion show in April.

Members of the jury join the lecture series to share their insights as part of the Fashion programs’ ongoing commitment to hosting industry professionals from around the world. 

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