Senior Marina Wilson, a fashion design major from Corvallis, Oregon, represented Washington State University at this year’s New York Fashion Week: The Shows. She was one of 23 students from 15 universities who participated in the annual event thanks to the UofNYFW program, which is run by collegiate licensing company CLC and IMG, the operator of New York Fashion Week: The Shows.
UofNYFW is an academic enrichment program that provides future fashion leaders a behind-the-scenes look at the industry, including entry into select runway shows, panel discussions, and networking opportunities with industry leaders.
In addition to the unique New York Fashion Week experiences, the students spent time at top athletic fashion brand and collegiate licensee Champion, where they had the opportunity to learn firsthand how a clothing line is developed and merchandised.
“Marina’s recent experience studying abroad in Paris plus her motivation and desire for more fashion opportunities, led the department to select Marina to represent WSU at New York Fashion Week,” said Shanna Hiscock, AMDT academic and internship coordinator for WSU.
Highlights for Wilson were exposure to trend forecasting, a free garment from a rising star designer, and the industry exposure to Champion.
“This Fashion Week event confirmed that our WSU classes are up to par – we are learning what we need to know, to succeed in this field,” Wilson said. “I would encourage others to do this – I am grateful for this opportunity.”
The collegiate Fashion Week program delivered unique academic enrichment opportunities for the students. In addition to WSU, institutions that participated in the collegiate enrichment program included Arizona State University, Baylor University, NC State, Syracuse University, TCU, Texas A&M University, The University of Texas at Austin, University of Arizona, University of Colorado, University of Delaware, University of Pittsburgh, University of South Carolina, West Virginia University, and Western Michigan University.
“Our goal for the UofNYFW college program is to deliver innovative experiences and once-in-a-lifetime learning opportunities to students at our partner institutions, which adds tremendous value to the participating universities beyond our traditional role of brand licensing,” said Cory Moss, CEO of CLC. “Since the inception of this unique program, we have been honored to help inspire and influence many talented students on their path to a career in the fashion industry.”
Wilson plans to graduate from WSU in May 2023 and is currently applying to graduate programs to further her education and exposure to the fashion world.