Last fall, teams of AMDT juniors competed to design professional clothing with collegiate flair for women over 30, including plus sizes.
The competition began with an idea from WSU First Lady Noel Schulz. Newly arrived from Kansas State, and needing to swap her purple Kansas wardrobe for crimson and gray, Schulz noticed a gap in the market.
“There are few professional clothing options for women over 30, outside of game day attire,” said Debbie Christel, the AMDT assistant professor who led the class.
The numbers speak for themselves: More than a thousand women took part in an online survey crafted by the students to share their clothing needs.
“People really embraced it,” said Schulz.
“If you’re wearing Cougar colors, we want you to feel proud,” said Kaisha Bauer, a design and merchandising major on the first-place team, whose Chanel jacket is now available at the CUB.
“Most people have to work for years before that happens,” said Christel. “Our students are real designers now.”