SU students help stitch Maryland together

Stevenson University, in collaboration with two local organizations, will present a fashion showcase titled “Expedition I” at the end of the spring 2019 semester based on the efforts of the “Stitching Maryland Together” initiative.

Students enrolled in SOD 395, also known as The Mill, have spent this semester planning and organizing the event. Their corporate sponsor, PNC Bank, provided Stevenson with funds for research, materials, promotional efforts, and instructional resources. The two organizations collaborating in this effort are the Jewish Museum of Maryland and the Maryland Historical Society.

According to the Stitching Maryland Together website, the program’s goal is to strive for a more “inclusive, collaborative, non-conforming, and never static” effort for the Maryland fashion community. Nadene Vevea, the associate dean of Stevenson’s communication programs and one of the professors teaching the class, said that the goal of this event is to create a strong united front and to get students excited about the potential in the fashion industry. This event will also create networking opportunities for those involved.

The initiative’s two strategic partners, the Maryland Historical Society and the Jewish Museum of Maryland, have histories steeped in Maryland culture. The Maryland Historic Society was founded in 1844, and according to its website is “the state’s oldest continuously operating cultural institution.” It has over 350,000 objects and 7 million books and documents in its collection. The Jewish Museum of Maryland examines the Jewish experience in America, particularly in the state of Maryland. The Museum “has become a cultural center for the Jewish community and for those interested in Jewish history and traditions,” according to its website.

A range of academic majors is represented in the project, contributing to this movement by coming up with ideas, creating logos, developing mission and vision statements, designing the Stitching Maryland Together web page, and promoting the event through several social media platforms. News station CBS Baltimore (WJZ) also featured a story on Stevenson students promoting the event.

“Expedition I” will be held at Rams Head Live in Baltimore on May 4. Doors will open at 6 p.m. with the show following at 7 p.m. The theme focuses on a seamless journey through the past, present, and future of the fashion industry. It will feature local designers, senior student designers, and a documentary film about the “Stitching Maryland Together” movement; local artists, vendors, and a DJ will also be present on site. Former Fox anchor Chardelle Moore will serve as the host. Tickets are $15 for students.

Claudia Tonti, a senior at Stevenson University in The Mill class and communication lead of “Stitching Maryland Together,” explained that this event is not limited to fashion design majors. Anyone is welcome to get involved by signing up on the website to become a designer, model, sponsor, or vendor.

An open model call is planned for Saturday, April 7. For additional information on the Stitching Maryland Together movement, the email is info@stitichingmdtogether.org.

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