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Fashion editor Marylou Luther to present “Straight from the Runways”

September 28, 2016

The Stephens College School of Design will host a compelling look at the fashion industry from the front row with guest lecturer Marylou Luther, editor of the International Fashion Syndicate. She will present “Straight from the Runways” at 7 p.m. on Nov. 15, 2016, in the Kimball Ballroom of Lela Raney Wood Hall on the Stephens College campus. The lecture is free and open to the public.

As editor of the International Fashion Syndicate, Luther writes the award-winning Clotheslines column, a question-and-answer fashion advice feature that reaches 5 million readers each week. Her coverage of the European collections appears in newspapers throughout the U.S.

“We are honored to have Marylou Luther coming to our campus,” said Dr. Monica McMurry, dean of the School of Design. “She has followed the fashion industry as fashion editor of the Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune and Des Moines Register, and brings to her lecture a rich understanding of the history of fashion as it bridges the late 20th to early 21st centuries.

“Her twice-yearly audio-visual overviews of the New York, London, Milan and Paris ready-to-wear shows are must-reads—and now she’ll be bringing those to our campus as part of her presentation. We couldn’t be more excited.”

Luther will provide the NYFW Spring Summer 17/18 collections with visuals and a Q&A session.

“The School of Design at Stephens is committed to bringing industry thought-leaders to campus to work with students and share their experiences,” McMurry said. “Luther’s visit is another example of this commitment. We know our students will benefit from her perspective at the lecture and in a small class environment.”

While here, Luther will also be visiting with students in several small groups—design students working on their sportswear portfolios, communication students interested in media writing and production, as well as students involved with Stephens Life magazine. The School of Design hosts more than 40 visiting professionals each year.

In addition to her syndicated newspaper column, Luther is the creative director of The Fashion Group International, a nonprofit organization for the dissemination of information on fashion, beauty and related fields.

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