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Stephens fashion students win FGI scholarships

December 3, 2014

Two Stephens students earned $1,000 scholarships through Fashion Group International of St. Louis, Inc.’s annual Scholarship Program.
Senior Audrah Davidson won first in the fashion design category, and junior Sarah Vitel won first in the fashion marketing division. There were a total of three scholarships awarded.
For the design competition, Davidson submitted a black and white wool tailored coat, as well as a body of illustration work, sketches and a customer board outlining traits of her ideal client.
“I felt pretty confident in my work,” she said. “And I collaborated with” Assistant Professor Irina Tevzadze “to make sure everything was pristine and that the packaging told a story when you opened it.”
Vitel’s submission included a Roxy-inspired mini-mag that showcased the sports and beachwear the company is known for. She recruited sophomores Taylor Barber and Jenna Westra to model the fashions in downtown Columbia. Vitel is confident that the mini-mag, which she styled and edited, earned her the prize.
Vitel was coming back from Phoenix with her parents over the Thanksgiving break when she got the call that she’d won the scholarship.
“I was so excited,” she said, adding that putting together the submission and meeting all of the contest guidelines proved to be a lot of hard work. “I got off the phone and just started crying.”
She and Davidson are now headed to FGI’s Spring 2015 Trend Report & Scholarship Presentation at Washington University in St. Louis today. After a reception, they will present information about their respective projects.
Davidson plans to use the money to bolster her senior collection, which she’s currently working on for the spring fashion show. The collection is based on modern art and architecture.
“This scholarship will help push the collection to the next level,” she said.
That desire to always push oneself is a cornerstone of the fashion program, Davidson said.
“Faculty really do push us to do better, and you learn so much from that,” she said. “They challenge us to be more creative in our designs and to really design what we want and what we’re passionate about. And they’re always willing to help.”
Vitel, a Chicago native who also plays soccer and is involved in Kappa Delta and the modeling group, agreed.
“Everyone here is so passionate about what they do,” she said. “And it’s a supportive community. Everyone is everyone’s cheerleader. I know I am always going to have someone who will support me. And there are a lot of opportunities—I’m grateful for that.”

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