International Academy of Design & Technology Fashion Students Win National Competitions

June 4, 2008

Orlando, FL (June 4, 2008) - Students from the International Academy of Design & Technology (the Academy) have won recognition in two separate national competitions. Ashley Capp and Kimberly "Meg" Jackson, both of whom attend the Academy's Orlando campus, are enrolled in the school's Fashion Design and Merchandising program.

Capp won first-place honors in National City Bank's "A Cause for Design" contest, for which students were asked to submit designs for either a woman's scarf or a man's necktie. National City Corporation, headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio, is one of the nation's largest financial holding companies. The focus of the contest was to assist National City in creating awareness of breast cancer. The two Grand Prize wining entries (one for each the scarf and the necktie) were selected for manufacture, while First and Second place winners received cash awards for themselves and their schools.

Capp's winning scarf design incorporated multiple shades of pink (the symbolic color of Breast Cancer Awareness) to represent the variety of cultures found within the Human race. "Breast cancer doesn't target one type of race, nor does one race help out more than another, said Capp. "We are all different, but we all can unite as one and help those who are and have been affected by breast cancer."

Jackson's award was presented by California fashion designer Kimo, founder of Effie's Heart. The company recently hosted a national competition among fashion design students and artists to design a screen print that will be featured on a t-shirt for their Spring 2009 collection. Jackson's winning entry, a blue woman's top, was inspired by a Japanese theme. Her design featured birds in flight, starting at the hip on the front and coming around to the opposite shoulder blade on the back.

According to Ian Gill, President of the Academy's Orlando campus, "both of these students should be extremely proud of their accomplishments. Fashion design is a very competitive industry and the fact that two of our own from here in Orlando have received this sort of national recognition is a testament to them and their instructors."

The International Academy of Design & Technology in Orlando currently offers programs in Computer Graphics, Game Design & Development, Fashion Design & Merchandising, Interior Design, Multimedia Design, and Marketing & Advertising. Since the Orlando campus opened in 2000, the Academy has established itself as an innovative design college providing an education that brings today's technologies into the classroom. The career-oriented programs provide hands-on training and real-world insights, taught by industry professionals who work in the fields in which they teach. The Academy is accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools to award associate and bachelor's degrees. For more information about the Academy, please visit or call 407.857.2300.