News + Updates

Summer Fashion Drawing Workshop August 11-15

VCU Fashion is excited to offer our first FASHION DRAWING WORKSHOP taught by Steven Broadway.  This class is designed for current fashion students and  individuals interested in fashion illustration and improving their drawing skills for their portfolio.  Enrollment is limited to 20 participants.  Registration deadline is July 21.

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Community Sewing Class Offered

VCU Fashion is excited to offer its first community sewing class.  The class is designed for individuals who are interested in learning  basic sewing and construction skills or who want to improve their existing skills working with fashion professionals.

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VCU Fashion NYFW Event

VCU Fashion hosted its first New York Fashion Week event on Monday, September 9th at Alger House in the West Village.  The invitation only event spotlighted six collections from the graduating class of 2013, five from the Richmond campus and one from our Doha campus.  To view more images, visit the album on VCU Fashion’s Facebook page.

Fashion Design Student US Finalist in Fur Contest

Madeline Vaiden, fashion design junior, was selected as one of the three  winners to represent the US in the international judging  of the 2013 ReMix category for the ReMix 2013 IFTF International Fur Design Competition. Madeline was paired with a designer/manufacturer in New York that produced the actual design using pelts supplied by American Legend. Photographs of the garment were submitted to the international jury for final selection and the completed garment was sent to Milan to be exhibited in the Magic Fur fashion show.


Senior Fashion Design Students Selected for Cotton’s 24 Hour Runway Show Student Design Contest

Congratulations to Grace Hazelgrove and Monisha Jenkins for being selected for this year’s Cotton Incorporated’s 24 Hour Runway Show.  Each student will receive an all expense paid trip to Miami, Florida from March 1 to March 3.  Also included are  a $500 AMEX® gift card for spending money, VIP treatment and backstage access at the Runway Show, and a COTTON UNIVERSITY™ gift pack.

Cotton will air its show online beginning at 8 p.m. on Friday, March 1. Visit the 24 Hour Runway website for more information about the show.

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Grace Hazelgrove

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Monisha Jenkins

2013 Fashion in Florence Study Abroad Program


Fashion in Florence Summer Study Abroad Program will take place June 3-July 4.

Students from fashion design and fashion merchandising will become inspired and fuel their creativity from the art, culture, and fashion of Florence.  Students will visit Italian fashion companies, real Italian artisans, as well as other Italian cities.  For more information, visit

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Fashion Design Student Studies in Guinea, West Africa

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Fashion Design Senior,
Grace Hazelgrove

During the fall 2012 semester, I had the truly unique opportunity to study abroad in Guinea, West Africa.  This experience as a whole was life changing, and definitely eye opening personally and artistically.  My program was through Anitoch University, which sends students from all over the United States to West Africa to study Arts and Culture.  As a fashion design major I apprenticed with a local tailor in Kankan, Guinea for three months.  Throughout this experience I was able to learn new techniques of cutting, sewing, and construction while getting first hand knowledge of the rich and beautiful culture of West Africa.





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A core part of the program was the home stay experience where I lived with a family and became immersed in the daily routines of life in Guinea.  I lived in a hut within the family compound and became a part of the family’s life while having to learn a whole new African language in the process.  I was able to really experience life in Guinea and learn what it means to be a part of the fashion world outside a Western society.



I made lasting relationships with my family and friends that I grew close with there, which was one of the most rewarding parts.  This experience has forever impacted me and I am now focusing on applying my experience to my future in the fashion world.

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“Design Process” by Kristina Welch


VCU Fashion Design Student Finalist in Arts of Fashion Competition

VCU Fashion Design Student Finalist in Arts of Fashion Competition,
October 29-30, 2011, San Francisco, CA
Fashion design senior, Hae Rin Jeon, will showcase her designs at this premiere international student competition.