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Caroline Bartek, creative director at Cintas, will return to campus as guest critic

September 18, 2017

Designing company uniforms is tougher than you might imagine: It’s not just about fashion, but function and image, too.

One of the industries leading designers of “image apparel” will be at Stephens College later this month.

Caroline Bartek, who recently redesigned uniforms for Southwest Airlines, will be visiting the School of Design on Friday, Sept. 29 to critique the designs of the contemporary sportswear class. The critique will take place from 11:00 a.m.-1 p.m. in the Davis Art Gallery.

Bartek, who has been an adjunct professor at Stephens, is creative director at Cintas in Chicago, where she is responsible for a $123 million apparel design portfolio that includes such recognizable clients as AT&T, United States Postal Service, Sprint, Coca-Cola, Crowne Plaza and Spire. She is the subject-matter expert in designing for Cintas’ Fortune 1000 Global Account & National Rental clients.

“Ms. Bartek is a shining example of how an instructor with fashion industry experience and contacts better prepares our students to reach their employment goals. While teaching in the fashion program, Caroline worked at the Cintas Corporation as a senior apparel designer and was promoted to creative director,” said Dr. Monica McMurry, dean of the School of Design. “She brought up-to-the-minute, real-world examples to classes such as product development, current issues in the fashion industry and product analysis.  

McMurry said Bartek values the training and forward thinking of the graduates in the School of Design and has hired two Stephens graduates, Emily Horner ’15 and Amy Shank ’15, to work alongside her at Cintas.  

“Caroline is known in the fashion industry for her work with international corporations on uniform design,” McMurry said. “Fashion design and product development juniors will benefit from her knowledge of workwear and the fashion industry.”


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