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May

2023

UH Fashion Goes Supersonic

Author: FDM

The 57th annual UH Manoa fashion show was held at the Hawaii convention center on April 30 and, by all accounts, it was an appreciable success. Nine seniors and twelve juniors formed the largest group of student designers at a UH fashion show in over 14 years, showcasing a solid year of hard work on collection concepts, themes, color pallets, and fabrics (Wach a video). The theme, “Supersonic,” was chosen to highlight the extraordinary engagement of the participants, especially the seniors, who came to the project intending to make a meaningful, lasting impression through their efforts. The show was particularly noteworthy since the COVID safeguards that hampered previous events were no longer in place and the venue was sold out well in advance. This year, fashion was clearly able to return to UH at supersonic velocity. As with any hugely successful venture, this year’s event was a broad-based, sincere team effort....[For the full article, click "Read more"]

 

 

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May

2023

Mānoa Experience - University Preview Day

Author: FDM

The Mānoa Experience is an annual preview day that showcases higher education at the University of Hawaiʻi. On April 1, more than 2,000 people attended the Mānoa Experience event, along with more than 130 academic programs and hundreds of UH students, faculty, and staff supporting the event and exhibits. In our program FDM booth, middle/high school students, prospective and admitted students, and their families had the chance to meet current students and faculty members, explore, and learn more about the FDM program. They found this event to be engaging, inspiring, and informative. We would like to express our gratitude to everyone who has made this event possible, including Dr. Kang, Dr. Lin, and dedicated FDM student representatives, Johnell Ladera, Sabrina Weaver, Baylee Elich, and Gio Tomita. (Watch a video.)

--Ju-Young Kang

 

 

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May

2023

Future FDM Students

Author: FDM

With our FDM banner nicely displayed along with a beautiful garment on a form, Drs. Reilly, McCarthy, and Cristi-Kim had the opportunity to meet with Farrington High School students during their Career and College Fair on April 6th. Students from the various Academies visited the FDM booth and shared their interests in the different areas of the fashion industry. Many of the students enthusiastically discussed their interest in fashion design and styling, which is a trending area in the industry among the Generation Z cohort. Some of the students we spoke to weren’t sure what industry they’d like to pursue, which is a common theme amongst high school students, but were impressed by the work (from various FDM courses) from our FDM students nevertheless. This was a wonderful recruitment event, and we are grateful to have been invited to share our program with the Farrington High School students and talkstory with them. We look forward to participating in more Farrington High School fashion events, as well as the opportunity for more partnerships with our local high schools. 

--Abby Cristi-Kim and Minako McCarthy

 

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May

2023

Announcing Dr. McCarthy and Dr. Cristi-Kim!

Author: FDM

We are very pleased to announce that two FDM instructors, Minako McCarthy and Abby Cristi-Kim, have completed their PhD programs in the College of Education in the Educational Foundations program. Minako McCarthy completed her PhD program in Fall 2022.  Her dissertation focused on biases within multicultural and diverse education environments.  Minako is an instructor of design and teaches design techniques, collection development, and fashion show production.  She was motivated to pursue a PhD to improve her practices inside the classroom.  “For the future,” Minako said, “I would like to expand my research areas to students’ intersectional in fashion in Hawai`i and elsewhere.”  Abby Cristi-Kim completed her PhD program in Spring 2023.  Her dissertation focused on undergraduate mentoring and relational pedagogy, which aligns with her duties within FDM, teaching classes in merchandising, internship, and capstone.  Abby has observed that a strong mentor-student relationship impacts the undergraduate experience in professional, personal, and collaborative ways....[For the full article, click "Read more"]

 

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Feb

2023

Kicking off the Muʻu Year!

Author: FDM

As we ring in the new year and clear out the old, one might want to pause and consider a revival of something from the past:  the resurgence of the muʻumuʻu in our fashion discussions and maybe a new addition to your closet…or a kept treasure

Muʻumuʻu month started in 2014, when Shannon Hiramoto posted photos of herself wearing a different muʻumuʻu every day in January. She soon gained an Instagram following of emulators who are coined the month a “muʻuvement.”  Just type #muumuumonth for a glimpse into the variations of styles and colors that women of all ages are proudly sharing. Some are now wearing a muʻumuʻu as an expression of their cultural and ancestral identities, reflecting on the history of the garment.

In the 1820’s, Christian missionaries created the muʻumuʻu as a modified version of their own garments de rigueur, to cover up the body and replace the immodest paʻu or skirt that the native Hawaiian women made by wrapping tapa around their waists. Constructing the muʻumuʻu out of leftover muslin, they loosened the bodice and shortened the sleeves creating a kind of slip intended to be worn under the more formal holokū...[For the full article, click "Read more"]

 

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Feb

2023

The Rise of FDM Majors

Author: FDM

With the fashion industry being a very complex and ever-changing field, many students are choosing to major in this area in order to be a part of a global phenomenon. The enrollment for the FDM program is now at 112 majors as of Spring 2023, which has been a significant increase compared to prior years. With half of the majors in design and the other half in merchandising, many of our students are inspired to partake in this rigorous landscape despite the changes in consumer behavior and preferences and the availability of products from manufacturers worldwide. From zero-waste manufacturing to the rise of second-hand-tailing to increased social media presence (thanks to Instagram and Tik Tok), students are passionate about being involved in this community more than ever before. Fashion students are indulging not only as consumers, but as ambassadors in design and merchandising to leave their footprint of creativity in the industry... [For the full article, click "Read more"]

 

 

 

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