Making the French Connection Harper Fashion Design Students Get Global Exposure
Date, Shruti, Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL)
Byline: Shruti Date Daily Herald Staff Writer
Harper fashion design professor Beata Kania says she sees an immediate difference in the style and standards of students who attend an annual Air France-sponsored student fashion competition in Paris.
"It is unbelievable how much they mature," Kania said. "When they come back from France they outgrow the projects they were working on in school."
For almost a decade, Harper fashion design students have competed in the Concourse International des Jeunes Createurs de Mode held at the Carrousel du Louvre in Paris.
Although students only visit Paris for one week in December, the exposure to fashion designers from around the world enables them to grow as designers, Kania said.
"They have set higher standards. I see it in the way they dress also," Kania said.
The competition also provides a global perspective for students, many of whom attend a suburban college such as Harper.
"Being in the suburbs ... it's a small community," Kania said. "In Paris you realize who you are and who you are competing with on a large scale. Your competition is not just students sitting in the desk next to you at Harper.
"The competition is global. That's how the fashion world operates," she continued. "This is how they have to think and they set higher standards."
Harper fashion design student Amber Clancy agreed. Clancy was one of a handful of Harper design students to make the trip this year. …