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FASHION DESIGN EXHIBIT
Two Immaculata University Fashion Merchandising students
were selected from among 300 entrants to exhibit at the Interna-
tional Textile and Apparel Association (ITAA) Design Exhibit.
Danielle Palmisano ’14 and Chantel Morgan ’16 traveled to New
Orleans to participate in the exhibit.
Morgan designed a jacket (below) titled “Near Zero Waste”
for a recycled-clothing class that looked at various ways to inte-
grate sustainability into fashion design. Intrigued by the idea of
trying to reduce waste, the “Near Zero Waste” jacket was created
by Morgan as a way of using leftover fabric from cut patterns.
During a painting course taught by Diane Grimes, IU
associate professor of Art, Palmisano learned about Impression-
ist painter, Claude Monet, who became the inspiration for her
design—a dress (right) titled “Lost in Beauty.” “I was inspired by
the beautiful gardens and romantic movement in his paintings,”
stated Palmisano. “The gardens that he painted and the tech-
nique that he used are captured in my design.”
“Being selected has opened my eyes to see that no matter
how many people enter a competition, if you have faith in your
design and what you do, others will see it too,” commented Morgan
on being chosen for the elite Design Exhibit.