International Academy of Design & Technology Detroit to Showcase Student Designers at Annual IMAGINE Fashion Show

February 24, 2010

TROY, Mich. (February 24, 2010) – The International Academy of Design & Technology (IADT- Detroit), will host their 2010 IMAGINE Fashion Show, sponsored by Neenah Paper, Ambassador Books and Target Direct Marketing, at the Fox Theatre on Wednesday, April 28, at 8 p.m. (doors open at 7:30 p.m.) IMAGINE will feature student designer collections with entertainment by 50s Motown group, “The Contours, featuring Sylvester Potts.” Master of Ceremonies, Charles Pugh, president of Detroit City Council and former WJBK-TV news anchor, will welcome guests during an evening of fashion and fun.

Now in its sixth year, IMAGINE will feature designs within eight different categories from more than 30 graduate level students in the bachelor of fine arts in fashion design program. Categories include:

  • Paper Designs
  • Art to Wear
  • Detroit Inspired
  • Red Dress
  • Sportswear
  • Little Black Dress
  • After Five
  • Alumni

“We’re thrilled to showcase Detroit and Metro Detroit’s talented student fashion designers,” said Julie Patterson, fashion design program chair at the IADT-Detroit. “Our students work extremely hard year-round to prepare for this special event.”

Tickets for a night of fashion and entertainment are $10 (general admission) or $20 (reserved seating) and can be purchased at the Fox Theatre Box Office, Joe Louis Arena, Hockeytown Authentics-Troy, online at or by calling 1-800-745-3000. A portion of the proceeds will go to the Ronald McDonald House of Southeast Michigan.

“We’re pleased to be able to help support families with seriously ill children,” said Cynthia Bechill, president of IADT-Detroit. “We hope that this event not only inspires future fashion designers but also encourages Metro Detroiters to contribute to organizations like the Ronald McDonald House of Southeast Michigan.”

“On behalf of the Ronald McDonald House of Southeast Michigan, thank you to IADT-Detroit for their volunteering and financial support,” said Jennifer Litomisky, executive director of Ronald McDonald House of Southeast Michigan. “We couldn’t do the things we do without the support of organizations like the IADT-Detroit.”

About the International Academy of Design & Technology – Detroit
The International Academy of Design & Technology (IADT-Detroit), was originally founded in Chicago in 1977. The Troy campus was established in 2003 to help Michigan students develop their skills and abilities needed for success in the fields of design and technology. The career-oriented degree programs provide hands-on training and real-world insights, taught by industry professionals who work in the fields in which they teach. IADT-Detroit does not guarantee employment or salary. IADT-Detroit is accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS) to award associate and bachelor's degrees. The school currently offers degree programs in Fashion Design, Fashion Design and Merchandising, Interior Design, Graphic Design, Construction Management Design, Game Production and Digital Media Production. IADT-Detroit is part of the Career Education Corporation network of schools (NASDAQ: CECO).

For more information about IADT Detroit, please visit or call 888.838.2111.

Editor’s note: If you are interested in an interview with Julie Patterson or a student designer please contact
Kim Tassie at 248-362-4200 ext. 243 or or
Leslie Petersen at 616-233-0500 or