|Texas Fibers Bring Student Award
| Farmers Branch, Dallas, TX • Highlighting
Texas grown fibers, Alicia Smith, a fashion marketing student at Brookhaven
College won third place at the Texas Food and Fiber Trend Board Competition
April 12. This is the fifth year a student from Brookhaven College
has won an award at the competition, part of Fashion Group International
of Dallas Career Day at the International Apparel Mart in Dallas.
|The trend board competition is open to fashion
students at colleges and four-year universities. This year, more than
1,200 students from 42 colleges and universities participated. Trend
boards are used in the fashion industry to give designers ideas about colors
and fabrics that are being recommended for the season. This competition
draws attention to the cotton, wool and mohair fibers produced in Texas,
and students must highlight these materials with their board. Representatives
from fashion business and industry served as judges for the competition.
| This is the first time Smith entered the
contest, but she gained fashion experience through her work with Terry Costa,
Mark Shale and Saks Fifth Avenue. Marilyn Sullivan, professor of fashion
marketing at Brookhaven College said Smith has developed a style for professional
presentation that was influential to her success in this competition.
|The Texas Food and Fiber Trend Board Competition
and Career Day provide students with an opportunity to examine career pathways
in the fashion industry, to network with local fashion leaders, and to participate
in a job fair specific to their career field.