Students and professors in our Department of Design and Human Environment program were proud when they found out that the influential blog and website Fashionista named our program one of the 20 best in the country.
More than 700 students are majors in the department, which is led by Leslie Burns, a member of the board of directors of Portland’s Center for Design and Innovation.
The editors at Fashionista specifically called out OSU’s relationships with apparel industry, particularly in the area of “sports and heritage” apparel as a key reason for its ranking on the list, saying: “The design and merchandising programs at OSU are feeders for Nike, Pendleton, Adidas, Columbia Sportswear, and Eddie Bauer, all of which are headquartered in the outdoorsy Pacific Northwest.
In addition to hosting a new OSU Design Network event in Portland, the apparel program also puts on two fashion shows each year on campus, including a recycled fashion show and a spring show that showcases the best and brightest of student designs. Check out our video of the Spring 2011 show, Equinox: