Photo Credit: CAU Fashion Lookbook 2015
For Immediate Release
Contact: Mario Boone
ATLANTA (SEPT. 12, 2016) The Clark Atlanta University (CAU) Department of Art has been awarded a $1,500 donation by Sheen Magazine and the Chapman Foundation earmarked for CAU's renowned Fashion Program. Sheen Magazine's Editor-In-Chief Sammi Haynes presented the check during a recent ceremony in the Henderson Student Center. The generous donation will be used to support the Fashion Program's eagerly anticipated 2017 Annual Spring Fashion Show.
"We are grateful that our program was selected and recognized in this manner," said Christopher Hickey, interim department chair and professor of art. "I sincerely appreciate the effort and commitment of Sheen Magazine and the Chapman Foundation in supporting educational endeavors throughout the country," he continued.
CAU Fashion Program students participate in a plethora of special projects and competitions for which they have been awarded numerous honors, including the National Black Arts Festival Award and the M. Jack Anderson Emerging Talent Award, to name a few. Fashion Program students also were commissioned to help design eco-fashion apparel for the Captain Planet Foundation Gala. In addition to that, students operate an independent retail store called Fab Lab and spearhead the wildly popular annual CAU Fashion Week. Notable alumnae of the program include actress and model Eva Marcille and celebrity designer and stylist Okera Banks.
CAU students studying in the Fashion Program are afforded the opportunity to select from two concentrations, fashion design and merchandising. Blacks are historically underrepresented in both careers. In fact, less than 4 percent of 260 designers showing their collection at the 2015 New York Fashion Week were black, according to The New York Times. In fashion design students gain unmatched knowledge of the creative aspect of the industry, while merchandising students master the business management and retail compCategory: Students, Faculty, Arts and Sciences
Keywords: Art and Fashion, Sheen Magazine