Club wear collection takes home Best of Show at The International Academy of Design & Technology's annual student fashion show, IMAGINE! 2009

October 1, 2009

Best in Show Fashion Photo

SEATTLE, WA (October 1, 2009) – More than 200 VIPs, guests and other individuals focused on Seattle's burgeoning fashion scene attended the International Academy of Design & Technology's (the Academy) fourth annual student fashion show. Thirty seven students, more than 100 garments and 3,000 yards of fabric combined to present a stunning display of work at the Academy's campus on Friday, September 18, 2009.

Best in Show Fashion Photo

The designs represent garments in the categories of casual and active sportswear, daywear, career, cocktail, costumes, evening wear and bridal. The event was judged and the best of category winners are as follows:

  • Sportswear, daywear and career: Gingerlyn Bellus for her collection of men's casual sportswear based on movie vampires.
  • Cocktail and club wear: Corban Harper for his collection of cocktail outfits.
  • Costume, evening & bridal: Carol Franklin for her black silk taffeta bodice, black and silver net classical tutu.

Best of show went to Olga Earle for her collection of club wear garments. Earle comments about her yellow and black collection, "My inspiration was wild nature. I love animal print and my favorite is the leopard. It's a very feminine and graceful species and most women would love to look so sleek and flowing as they walk in a beautiful outfit. Also I love texture; that is why I chose mesh fabric with velvet trim and metal details to add edge to my creation. My idea was to create something new, fresh and fun."

Students also voted for their own and awarded Bree Carino and Meescha Dare accolades as best designers of the year, as well as honoring Jeanette DeJong as design teacher of the year.

For more information or photos of the winning designs or collections please contact Jackie Peterson at 425-647-5344 or

About The International Academy of Design & Technology Seattle
The International Academy of Design & Technology provides educational programs that are designed to prepare students for professional opportunities and career success in select design and technology fields. At the Academy, students are part of an energetic community that shares ideas, solves problems, and finds new ways to approach career training today and in the future. While enrolled at the Academy, each student is given an opportunity to grow vocationally, intellectually and professionally.

The Seattle campus, which opened in 2004, offers a variety of Associate of Applied Science and Bachelor of Fine Arts Degrees in Fashion Design, Interior Design, Visual Communication, Graphic Design, Digital Media Production, Fashion Merchandising and Game Design & Development. Both credential levels are not available for all programs. The International Academy of Design & Technology is accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools to award associate's degrees and bachelor's degrees. The Academy does not guarantee employment or salary. The Academy is a member of the Career Education Corporation (NASDAQ:CECO) network of universities, colleges and schools. For more information on the Academy- Seattle, call 206.575.1865 or visit