A hard-working and talented Kent State University student fashion designer won over $1,000 to design a dress for Dr. Diane Petrella, dean of Kent State University’s College of the Arts.
Marisa Vasatka, a senior from Buffalo, New York who will graduate from Kent State in August with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Fashion Design, created the gown. Petrella chose directly from Vasatka’s top collection, which, Vasatka writes, “made the experience more meaningful.”
At the recent Kent State School of Fashion Annual, Petrella looked great. She also suggested a “Dress the Dean” contest. Students were engaged to participate and the dean provided information on her likes and dislikes in terms of color and style. Based on the data, students created designs through image description and later, 3D rendering. Dean Petrella chose from Vasatka’s 3D rendering.
“It was an honor to be chosen to design the clothes for Dean Petrella,” Vasatka said in an email. She submitted two designs, “I thought they would suit her style. Once selected, she created a muslin or plain cotton version of the design using Dean Petrella’s measurements. After wrapping in the muslin, she made a final step with the real fabric, a night blue wool suit.
Linda O’Hearn-McDaniel, a professor in the School of Fashion, described the gown as: “A skirt with asymmetrical shoulder detail and pleated skirt on opposite sides.
The photo taken at the fashion show is accompanied by this angway of model McKinley Gregory wearing the same gown as Vasatka and Dean Petrella wearing the glamorous gown she chose from Vasatka at the pageant.
Vasatka’s designs also won in the “Special Occasions” and “Construction Technique” categories. Other students honored on the night were: Esther Luo (Universal Design), Jingjing Guo (Innovation), Diane Zimery (Weaving), Joseph Miglio (Market Ready and Best in Show), Farah Shahrur (Niche Market), Isabella Trevino (Sustainable Design). , Isabella Saiss and Crystal Moseley (both for Celebrations), Nicholas Collier (Sudesays), Nora Duchon and Mia Mumjan (both for Fashion Management), Wendy Weng (SUPIMA Design Competition).
The fashion show returned this year to the Kent State Ballroom, the student center where it was held 40 years ago. A series of clear acrylic chairs arranged back to back as models dressed in newly created costumes moved around the ballroom, giving each attendee a front row seat. Before the show, hors d’oeuvres were served in an elegant adjoining room. Deserts finished the evening.
Kent State Fashion School is ranked 5thTh in the nation. It offers a four-year program where a new student learns how to precisely sew into complex computer-aided design. The design program is very careful.
In addition to design, students can pursue a bachelor’s degree in fashion merchandising or a Master of Fashion Industry study program. Graduates work at companies such as Calvin Klein, Bergdorf Goodman, Macy’s, Coldwater Creek, Ralph Lauren, Giorgio Armani, Oscar de la Renta and others.
David E. Dix is a retired publisher of The Record-Courier.