Stephanie Carlo, assistant professor of fashion at Stephens College, will receive the first Exceptional Fashion Educator Award from Rightfully Sewn, a not-for-profit program. The Kansas City non-profit provides seamstress training for at-risk women as well as professional development opportunities for young designers and individuals considering a career in fashion design. Carlo will be honored during the program’s inaugural Golden Gala at 7 p.m., Dec. 2 in The Grand Hall at Power & Light in Kansas City, Mo.

Monica McMurry, dean of the School of Design, said Rightfully Sewn has a network of fashion program liaisons at regional colleges, including Stephens, which were asked to submit nominations for the fashion educator award. Olivia Earwood, a sophomore in fashion, submitted Carlo’s name and credentials for the award.

“This is an outstanding honor for Stephanie and Stephens College,” McMurry said.

Rightfully Sewn is hoping to reestablish Kansas City as an epicenter of garment manufacturing by providing a specialized workforce through its seamstress-training program for at-risk women while also supporting up-and-coming Kansas City fashion designers to meet the demand for high-quality, American-produced garments. The event will mark the culmination of Rightfully Sewn’s first fashion designer residency program and provide funding for its seamstress training program.

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