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Apparel Design graduate recognized

November 17, 2010
By Kayla Green

Recent graduate Wildrose Hamilton barely had enough time to design a jacket and enter it into the FACE symposium last spring, but luckily for her, she pulled it together and won in front of hundreds of professionals within the fashion industry.

Alumni wins at symposium

FACE symposium

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"I wanted to create something that was both very feminine and a little edgy," said Hamilton. Photo courtesy of Diana Walker.

"I was inspired by my graphic design background," said Wildrose Hamilton. Photo courtesy of Calli Roche.

The event showcased designs in both the student and professional levels. Photo courtesy of Diana Walker.

This year's theme was "Create It With Altitude". Photo courtesy of Calli Roche.

FACE was sponsored by Fashion Group International Denver. Photo courtesy of Diana Walker.

"It felt really good. I felt like there were a lot of really good designs," said recent Colorado State graduate Wildrose Hamilton of the FACE symposium showcased in Denver. Hamilton, who won and was recognized for her designed jacket, has been making quite the name for herself working freelance.

In fact, it was at the same symposium that Hamilton sold the coat and has plans to make several more for buyers. "I wanted to create something that was both feminine and a little edgy. I was inspired by my graphic design background."

'I kind of fell into fashion'

According to Hamilton, she "kind of fell into fashion" after coming to CSU. Deeming herself a "painter at heart," Hamilton was originally pursuing a degree in Art, but upon hearing about the Apparel Design and Production concentration, made the switch.

"I was able to use the skills I had in a new way," explained Hamilton. "I've always grown up around sewing. I always drew and would bring things to my mom and be like 'Can you make this?' She would smile and say, 'No, but you can.'"

'Create It With Altitude'

The FACE Symposium was originally a career day held by Fashion Group. Internship Coordinator Carol Engel-Enright decided to make it a more professional learning experience by incorporating keynote speakers, partnerships across the state, and several panels to help students become more engaged in the event.

"It was a unique show because both the professional and student levels were shown together," said Hamilton.

FACE, or Fashion and Creative Enterprises, was sponsored by Fashion Group International of Denver and was created to show designers they could work in Colorado and not just in states such as California or New York. This year's theme was "Create It With Altitude." Designers had to design their item in black, white, or red and incorporate the FACE logo into the piece.

"It came together well. Each design was well thought out," said Hamilton.

Apparel Design and Production program

The Apparel Design and Production concentration is part of the Department of Design and Merchandising. Typically, students in this program will learn a variety of techniques prior to graduation:

  • Portfolio development
  • Sewing skills
  • Technical sketching
  • Illustration
  • Pattern making
  • Draping

Visit the Department of Design and Merchandising for more information about the Apparel Design and Production concentration.