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Interior Design Student Receives Scholarship

Congratulations to senior interior design student Shannon Brown! Shannon was the recipient of a $1,000 scholarship from the Missouri West/Kansas City chapter of the American Society of Interior Designers. Shannon was selected amongst a pool of applicants comprised of regional university students who are active participants within ASID.


Shannon Brown is featured with Mrs. Nancy Asay, senior instructor, Department of Fashion and Interior Design.




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Interior Design Faculty Member Engages Students on Italy and Spain Study Away Opportunity

From May 21st through June 6th, interior design faculty member, Marciann Patton and 11 Missouri State University students from various majors visited numerous cities throughout Spain and Italy, including Venice, the Venetian Islands, Florence, Massa Carrara, Pisa, Volterra, Siena, Rome, and Barcelona, Spain.  When asked to describe the benefits of study away opportunities for students, Ms. Patton stated,

Trips are more meaningful and life impacting than any typical travel you could ever experience. This summer’s trip was very inspiring and energizing. It is amazing how you can see things from antiquity until present day and experience it all first hand. You almost feel like a time traveler, looking at remnants of past civilizations. We saw almost every style of art and architecture and time period that exists. There is no better way to learn about different cultures than actually experiencing it. You come back with a greater appreciation of history, art, architecture, different cultures, and of home.

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Fashion Design Alumni’s Sketches Featured in Women’s Wear Daily

Congratulations to spring 2009 Fashion Design and Product Development alumni Kat Philbin whose Livie & Luca sketches were featured in the July 29th edition of Women’s Wear Daily. Designers were askted to sketch footwear for the newest edition of the English royal family, His Royal Highness Prince George.

To read the complete article and see Kat’s sketches, please follow the attached link:


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Fashion Program Among Top in the U.S.

Congratulations to the MSU Fashion Program for being ranked #70 on the top 75 Fashion Design Schools in US by Fashion-Schools.org!  Fashion-Schools.org endeavors to be the authoritative online resource for students seeking information about fashion school programs and careers in fashion. On their site students can review degree information from hundreds of schools as well as profiles of myriad fashion professions.  http://www.fashion-schools.org/articles/top-75-fashion-design-schools-us

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2013 Aspiring Designer of the Year Scholarship Competition


Congratulations to Alaina Aylward, a junior from Blue Springs High School and Destinee Douty, a junior from Everton High School for being selected as finalist for the 2013 Aspiring Designer of the Year Scholarship Competition.

Prospective candidates were required to submit a letter of recommendation from a high school faculty member, a personal essay on how fashion design has influenced them, and finally, they were required to submit photos of a personally designed
and constructed garment.

Alaina constructed a straight leg pants with lace overlay, a chiffon bow tied blouse, and a bomber style jacket. While Destinee  constructed a white wedding gown with satin bodice and a flower petaled satin skirt.

After a very close vote by the faculty of the department, Alaina was selected as the winner of the 2013 Aspiring Designer of the Year. She was awarded a $1,000 scholarship to the Department of Fashion and Interior Design as well as a $200 Missouri State University Bookstore gift card upon conclusion of the spring 2013 “Discover” fashion show.

Congratulations to both finalist on their hard work!

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Discover 2013 Fashion Show

This event showcases the collections of our seniors and original designs from students in the department.

When: Saturday, April 20, 2013

Doors open at 3 p.m.

Show starts at 4 p.m.

Where: Springfield Expo Center; 635 East St. Louis Street, Springfield, MO.  65806

Tickets: $10 in advance, $12 at the door

Tickets may be purchased in the Park Central Office Building, or by contacting Mrs. Roberts, 417-836-5136, or


A silent auction will begin at 3 p.m. and a Cash Bar will be provided.

Help us raise money! Go to our website!



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