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Drexel to Host the International Arts of Fashion Foundation Design Competition

October 9, 2009

Drexel to Host the International Arts of Fashion Foundation Design Competition
This year’s Arts of Fashion, a five-day global fashion event combining an exhibition, lectures, master classes, film screenings that culminates with fashion shows at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, will be hosted by Drexel University’s Department of Fashion and Design & Merchandising of the Westphal College of Media Arts & Design. Arts of Fashion is considered the premiere international university-level fashion competition.

This year selected students from over 21 countries and top fashion designers and industry professionals will attend. The fashion shows will feature innovative and experimental student designs along with the creations of promising young designers from the USA (Amy Sarabi, Julianne Thibodeaux and Chelsea Snyder) and from countries around the world presented in the Art Museum’s great stair hall. Working designers who participate in the Arts of Fashion Master Class series (Gaspard Yurkievich - Paris) and (Christian Wijnants - Antwerp) will also be featured in the fashion shows.

The Fashion Student Competition Show presents the work of students selected by a panel of fashion professors. The theme for this year’s Arts of Fashion is “Illusion”. The symposium will take place from October 24 through October 28, 2009 with Fashion Shows at the Philadelphia Museum of Art on Wednesday, October 28 from 8 to 10:30 p.m. Ticket and event information can be found at

Drexel‘s campus will be transformed into a veritable fashion epicenter as lectures, exhibition, show rooms and master classes will be held in numerous campus locations. Master classes will be taught by noted teachers and designers on womenswear and menswear, couture, accessories, textiles and design. Faculty for master classes include Tony Delcampe, Christian Wijnants, Gaspard Yurkievitch, Hermann Fankhauser, Laurent Edmond, Billie Mertens, Anthony Vaccarello, Arnaud Michaux, Aurore Thibout and Laurence Teillet

Arts of Fashion will be held at locations throughout Drexel’s University City Campus. For a full list of events and locations please referred to the schedule of events attached to this document. For general and ticket information please visit: For information regarding the host university, Drexel’s Westphal College of Media Arts & Design, please visit or call 215-895-1029.

### Photo Caption: The 2005 winner of the Arts of Fashion Competition in Paris Megan Stein of Drexel University with her award-winning design.

News Media Contacts: Zeek Weil, director of communication, Westphal College 215-895-2629 or Niki Gianakaris, director, Drexel News Bureau 215-895-6741, 215-778-7752 (cell) or

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