Texas Tech Students Impact Lubbock Community Through Fashion Design
Apparel Design and Manufacturing Students Design Custom Clothing for Local Lubbock Children
Junior and senior Apparel Design and Manufacturing (ADM) students in the Surface Design course, taught by Assistant Professor Ashley Rougeaux-Burnes, MFA, have been working to design one-of-a-kind clothing for children in the Lubbock community.
"We have partnered with 12 children from the Home and are making custom outfits for them," Ashley said. "We will gift the outfits to them at the end of the semester."
After meeting with the children to get a sense of each child's style and preferences, each student was paired with a child to begin making alterations to their patterns. Senior ADM major, Cameron Prescott, said her goal for her project piece was to create something that the child would feel confident in while providing a quality garment that could be worn many times.
"I'm so excited we were given the opportunity to be able to create something special for these kids," Cameron said. "I hope they will enjoy them as much as we enjoyed making them. I think it will have a positive impact on the Lubbock community."
For Cameron, a degree in Apparel Design and Manufacturing was the perfect fit considering her long-time fashion design interests and past high school courses on the topic.
For senior ADM major, Saige Schoenfeld, a future as a fashion designer provides the opportunity to express her creativity. Saige wanted her clothing piece to allow her assigned child to better be able to express their own creativity.
"My overall goal was to create an outfit that would make the girl I was paired with feel special and confident," Saige said. "I also wanted her to be able to use her creativity in helping me come up with the overall design so that she felt a part of the process, and hopefully might become inspired to look into fashion design more in her future."
Students were given minimal specifications for the assignment, outside of creative a garment that represented each child individually and to include one type of surface design technique in their work.
"I hope that this project inspires others to use whatever their passion is and incorporate it in a way that is able to benefit others," Saige said.