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Graduate Fashion Design Alum Collaborates on Serena Williams Design Crew

Mika Osoro ('09), graduate of Drexel Westphal's MS in Fashion Design, is one of 10 up-and-coming designers to develop a collection with Nike and Serena Williams as part of a new apprenticeship to promote diversity in design.

Serena Williams Design Crew; courtesy of Nike

August 18, 2021

In August 2021, Nike and tennis superstar Serena Williams will launch the inaugural collection from the Serena Williams Design Crew (SWDC), its innovative apprenticeship promoting diversity in design. Mika Osoro (’09), a graduate of the Drexel Westphal Master’s program in Fashion Design, served as Footwear Materials Designer on the collection.


Launched in 2019, the SWDC brought together 10 up-and-coming designers, each specializing in their own discipline, to create a new era where diverse perspectives are celebrated and empowered. Apprentices completed a six-month curriculum with Nike mentors, then worked directly with Serena to develop a women’s performance and lifestyle collection.


In a launch video to debut the SWDC designers, Mika describes the aesthetic of a footwear piece from the collection as “the 90s, mixed with the present, mixed with the future.” 


Learn more about the SWDC initiative here, or check out the collection here.


Learn more about the MS in Fashion Design at Drexel Westphal here.