Program and Alumni News
Christian Sopoco, a 2016 NRF Foundation Next Generation Scholarship finalist and TWU fashion merchandising alumnus, participated in a recent panel discussion with two other young retail professionals during the NRF Foundation Student Program 2020. Sopoco is now a merchandise analyst at Nordstrom in Seattle.
"You have to have confidence, but you also have to understand that you don't know it all and you need help. Mentorship is a route that you can take to get you where you need to be," said Sopoco.
For Texas Woman’s alumna Carla Robertson (BS ‘85), fashion has always been a do-it-yourself endeavor. At the age of six, Robertson learned how to sew from her mother. By the time she was 12, she was making all of her own clothes, and at 16, she began sewing custom creations for private clients.
In less than a month, domestic violence and sexual assault survivor turned fashion design major Jennifer Stanley will have her three-piece collection, “Rise of Venus,” walk the runway. Her collection was chosen by Fashion for Good for the Celebrate Texas Runway event, which will take place in Houston Nov. 15-16. Anna Magie, Ph.D., associate professor of fashion merchandising, said Stanley is highly motivated and always working on a project to help the community.
Doze Y. Butler, Ph.D., has been named dean/director for the School of Agriculture, Fisheries and Human Sciences (SAFHS) at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (UAPB). In this position, she will provide leadership for the three academic departments in the School as well as its research, Extension, outreach and international programs. She earned her doctoral degree in clothing and merchandising in 1992 from Texas Woman’s University.
Come shop at the Pioneer Pop-Up Shops
12-6 p.m. April 23, 2019
ACT Building, 2nd Floor, TWU Denton Campus
Join the TWU Programs in Fashion & Textiles on Tuesday, April 23 for our first annual pop-up shopping experience. Our fashion students will have uniquely created items for sale as well as new designs for pre-order. Refreshments, door prizes, lawn games and more!
Texas Woman’s University Fashion and Textile students volunteer and support the TWU Festival of Lights celebration by utilizing their visual merchandising skills to decorate beautiful Christmas trees to enhance the holiday event.
Faculty and students attend 2018 Global Seminar “Building a Better Business” at Dallas Market Center
TWU Fashion and Textiles faculty and students with Mercedes Gonzales, owner of Global Purchasing Group, at the Global Seminar, Building a Better Business, Dallas, TX
Photographed from left to right: Juana Turrubiates, Jannet Zavala, Mercedes Gonzales, Kaleigh Wheat, Kaleigha Thomas and Dr. Anna Magie.
On October 24, 2018, TWU Fashion and Textiles faculty and current TWU fashion students, joined forces to enhance knowledge of the global fashion industry, through attendance of the Global Seminar, Building a Better Business, at Dallas Market Center.
The seminar was led by Mercedes Gonzales, owner of Global Purchasing Group, and the event provided critical information about many aspects of the fashion industry, including strategies for running a successful merchandising business, planning and buying effectively, and designing the right products. The seminar also gave the students the opportunity to network with national and international professionals in the apparel business at Dallas Market Center.
Faculty and students meet fashion industry professionals and tour Tanger Outlet Center
Slide 1, left to right: Back row- Melissa Garcia, Tanger Outlet Center General Manager, Chelsea Murphy, Kate Spade Store Manager, Marissa Bowman, Valerie Flores, Sanda Ceron, Alexis Jameson, Ashley Turner, Jillian Holcomb and Dr. Anna Magie. Front row– Sasha King, Kaleigha Thomas, Skye Blue, Samanta Garcia, Jannet Zavala and Karen Villafranco.
On October 22, 2018, TWU Fashion and Textiles faculty and current TWU fashion students met with the General Manager of Tanger Outlet Center in Fort Worth, TX to increase knowledge of the retail industry and mall management processes.
Led by Melissa Garcia, General Manager of Tanger Outlet Center, the meeting provided essential information about the importance of strong mall management practice in the current retail environment. Additionally, students had the opportunity to meet with Kate Spade Store Manager Chelsea Murphy, who discussed in-store merchandising practices.
Faculty and students attend 2018 pro:Americas Dallas Regional Conference
TWU Fashion and Textile faculty, students and alumni with AAPN President and Haggar Chief Sourcing and Merchandising Officer, Mr. Tony Anzovino, at Haggar Clothing Company Headquarters, Dallas, TX. Left to right: Janet Najera, Taylor Davis, Dr. Anna Magie, Tony Anzovino, Dr. Sheri Dragoo, Remy Odukomaiya, Lillia Dean, Taylor Voje and Jennifer Ellis.
On September 12, 2018, TWU Fashion and Textiles faculty, current TWU fashion students, and TWU fashion alumni collaborated in an effort to grow knowledge of the global fashion industry, through attendance of the pro:Americas AAPN (Americas Apparel Producers Network) Dallas Regional Conference at Haggar Clothing Company Headquarters in Dallas.
The conference provided valuable information about sustainability, technology, and production in the fashion industry and gave students the opportunity to network with national and international professionals in the apparel business.
Saima Meherali graduated with a Fashion Design degree from Texas Woman’s University. After graduation, she pursued a career as a credit analyst at a bank while exploring different ways to express her creativity. Last year she created her first decal project for her son’s room, and now she designs custom decals and logos for all needs, from digital and vinyl to Snapchat filters. "My advice would be to not give up on your dreams or projects that make you happy. Even if it gets hard and frustrating at times, keep pushing for success," said Meherali, owner of ZDesigns by Saima.
Department of Fashion and Textiles alumna Katie Irsaneous (née Hardee) was featured in the recent Fort Worth Magazine article, "The Simple Things." Irsaneous graduated from TWU with a degree in fashion merchandising and worked for six years at Ralph Lauren Home Collection in New York. She now manages her own boutique firm, Irsaneous Interiors, which offers residential, commercial and retail design services.
“That was the secret of the Collins purse: Enid Collins drew us into a clever conspiracy,” Mimi Schwartz wrote in her 1980s Texas Monthly article, "Texas Primer: The Collins Purse". “She urged us to make a ruckus, to show off—which, as it turns out, is just what those of us who were girls in the sixties grew up to do.” Collins grew up in San Antonio and majored in fashion design at Texas Woman’s University in the 1940s.
TWU fashion merchandising alumna named new business project manager for the Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce
Shea Hopkins (2007, BAS) has been selected as an economic development and client relationship manager for the Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce. She earned her bachelor's degree in merchandising and marketing operations at TWU and previously served as the president of the university's Fashion and Textile Association.
The Dixie Group, Inc. has announced the hiring of James Bourgeois as vice president of senior living for Commercial Brands including Masland Contract and Atlas. In this new role, Bourgeois will leverage his knowledge and experience to position Masland Contract and Atlas as the leaders in all aspects of senior care with their range of resilient and soft surface commercial flooring, the company said. Bourgeois earned his Master of Fine Arts degree in Clothing and Costume in 1993 from Texas Woman’s University.
Cynthia Istook, Ph.D., professor in the department of Textile and Apparel, Technology and Management (TATM) at NC State University, has been named the Cornelson Family Distinguished Professor of Textile and Apparel Design. The professorship was established in 1987 to help advance the field of textile and apparel design. Istook, who earned both a master's and a Ph.D. at Texas Woman's University, is a leader in her field, molding tomorrow’s pioneers and actively working to improve apparel design through emerging technology.
TWU fashion merchandising student wins Digital Store Planning and Design award at scholarship competition
Texas Woman’s University fashion merchandising student Tania Hernandez recently won a top award in the Merchandising and Business Planning Competition sponsored by Fashion Group International (FGI) on April 20, 2018. FGI is a global, non-profit, professional organization with more than 5,000 members in fashion industry areas including apparel, accessories, beauty and home. Hernandez received second place in the category of Digital Store Planning and Design, along with a $1000 scholarship, by creating a store concept titled Dahlia, intended to focus on the strategy of digital innovation in the fashion industry by allowing retail customers to design a customized handbag in-store.
Hernandez learned aspects of store layout and design in an upper-level TWU Fashion and Textiles course, FT4123 Retail Product Management. During the semester, through digital methods, students develop a store concept, goals and objectives, mission statement, analyze target markets, and determine key factors for success in the retail business. For the competition, a digital rendering of the storefront was created, along with a technical floor plan and ledger, as well as all interior components including lighting, wall coverings, flooring, mannequins, fixtures, and merchandise assortments. The Digital Store Planning and Design Competition proved to be successful for TWU Fashion Merchandising student Tania Hernandez, while also allowing fashion students to learn about the aspects of building a retail business in great detail throughout the development process.
Fashion design students from Texas Woman’s University presented gowns and outfits — most of them red to honor the theme of the day — in a fashion show and competition. The designers riffed on the heart in some of their designs, using heart-shaped embellishments on the garments.
TWU Fashion and Textiles alumna Tiana James ('14) has been recognized by JC Penney for exemplifying the retail chain's core values of loyalty, passion, courage and service. James was awarded a JC Penney Warrior Coin for going above and beyond in her community and workplace. The coin, which is awarded annually to only a few associates nationwide, was presented by the company's CEO, CMO and Executive Leadership team. James creates, manages and executes JC Penney's cause marketing programs, which strengthen the brand and communities through philanthropy.
Texas Woman’s University fashion merchandising students Alaina Miller, Andrea Rodriguez and Ashlie Wilson took home the three top awards in the Digital Store Planning and Design category at the Fashion Group International - Dallas 2017 Scholarship Competition. Fashion Group International is a global, non-profit professional organization with more than 5,000 fashion industry members.
The fashion lab at Texas Woman’s University is a flurry of activity as students prepare for the American Heart Association’s annual Go Red for Women Fashion Show and Luncheon, scheduled Friday, Feb. 10. The event pits TWU fashion students against their University of North Texas counterparts in a friendly rivalry.
Texas Woman’s University fashion student Whitney Bracey embodies today’s Texas woman. She is an athlete and a fashionista, an entrepreneur and an advocate, an employee and a student, and she embraces each of these qualities and uses them to drive her passion to start a fashion company that is inclusive of all women.
A trail of her own doodles followed Stephanie Perez throughout her childhood. In middle school, she began to channel that love for drawing into a budding interest in fashion design. Now, in her first job after graduating from TWU with a double major in fashion design and fashion merchandising, Perez’ designs are made to order by Wohali Outdoors, a private label fishing and rainwear company headquartered in Oklahoma.
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