Fashion Night Out at BCCC Stimulates Awareness of Fashion Careers

For Immediate Release
November 9, 2012
Contact: Bill Fleming
Fashion Night Out at BCCC Stimulates Awareness of Fashion Careers
     BALTIMORE Baltimore City Community College brought together successful fashion professionals at its first-ever “Fashion Night Out”information exchange Wednesday, Nov. 7 at the Liberty campus. The event featured a panel of guest speakers from fashion education, theatre, a major fashion retailer, Under Armour – the national sportswear company based in Baltimore – and local fashion boutiques. A custom tailor also spoke on the intricacies of clothing manufacture, alteration and the ins and outs of the trade.
Fashion Design Professor Jean Nathlich
 BCCC Fashion Design Coordinator Jean Nathlich      


The panel of guest speakers included:
Bailey Alexander earned her Bachelor of Arts in Costume Technology from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC). She is a recipient of the Linehan Artist Scholarship, a merit award dedicated to academic and artistic excellence. While at UMBC, Ms. Alexander trained as an assistant, stitcher, manager, and cutter/draper in the theatre costume shop and as a draper for “Las Meninas,” a UMBC production which performed at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. Upon her graduation in May 2011, Ms. Alexander worked as an intern at Jill Andrews Gowns in Baltimore. She became a permanent member of the team, working on costumes for The Public Theater in New York, Folger Shakespeare Library and the 2012 HBO television series Veep.
      Betty Fenner-Davis, couture fashion and costume designer, has spent more than 30 years in fashion, film, television, stage and the custom clientele experience. She is a graduate of New York’s Fashion Institute of Technology and has introduced a trademark style running to sketch, fabrications, pattern, quality finish and good fit. Her works are afeature in specialty fashion boutiques of which she says, “you should make dressing your own personal message.” 
Zippora Lewis, senior developer at Under Armour and graduate of the Fashion Institute of Technology.
Lisa Struble, vice president of technical design at Under Armour and Abercrombie & Fitch, who graduated from Middle Tennessee State University.
     Toni James, who recently celebrated 15 years of fashion boutique ownership at her popular Katwalk Boutique, 1709 Aliceanna St. in Fells Point.
      Sandria Boyd, intern/employee at Katwalk Boutique and current BCCC student.

“By these events I’m trying to attract the community and get people back to work,” said professor Jean Nathlich, director of the Fashion Design program. “There’s lots of opportunity and variety in Fashion. When people come to our campus, we try to provide something they can take away with them.”

     Professor Nathlich holds degrees in clothing manufacture and textiles and was a senior technical designer at Abercrombie & Fitch, Under Armour and Talbot’s. She is familiar with how to get students the hands-on experience they need – while pursuing their passion in the field.

     For more information, contact the BCCC Institutional Advancement office.