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Daniel and Pamella DeVos Foundation Renews Support of KCAD’s Pamella Roland DeVos School of Fashion

Posted July 29, 2019 in PublicFashion Studies

Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University (KCAD) is pleased to announce that the Daniel and Pamella DeVos Foundation has renewed its support of the college’s Pamella Roland DeVos School of Fashion with a gift to be disbursed in annual increments over the next five years.

The renewal of support follows the Foundation’s initial gift—made in 2013 to support the restoration and renovation of the Woodbridge N. Ferris Building, which houses KCAD’s Fashion Studies program, as well as the development of the program’s annual Capstone fashion show, student travel opportunities, and opportunities for professional development for students—that resulted in KCAD’s Fashion Studies program being named for Ms. DeVos, a Grand Rapids native and president and designer of international fashion brand Pamella Roland.

Woman wearing a microphone sitting on a stagePamella Roland DeVos

The renewal of support will enable the Fashion Studies program to continue to include educational experiences in fashion centers around the world in its curriculum at little or no additional cost to students, ensuring all KCAD Fashion Studies students can participate, regardless of financial means. This reinforces the college’s commitment to maintaining a diverse, equitable, and inclusive learning community. Trips to international fashion epicenters like New York, London, Milan, Paris, and Shanghai will continue to be offered to Fashion Studies students as an immersive signature experience during their time at KCAD.

KCAD’s Fashion Studies program prepares students to pursue careers in the fashion industry by emphasizing deep engagement with the material, social, economic, and environmental aspects of the industry in tandem with the development of technical skills and creative practice. Travel is a critical component of the program’s educational experience, because it enables students to understand the industry from a broader framework.

“Fashion in the 21st century is a global industry that’s constantly changing, so if we want our students to be versatile enough to adapt and succeed, it’s imperative that we provide them with opportunities to engage with the industry from as many different angles as possible,” said Fashion Studies program chair Lori Faulkner. “There’s no better way than by travel, and we’re incredibly thankful to the Daniel and Pamella DeVos Foundation for continuing to help make these transformative experiences possible for our students.”

For the Foundation, the renewal is an affirmation of its longstanding commitment to supporting community, education, and the arts. In supporting KCAD’s Fashion Studies program, and by extension Grand Rapids and the fashion designers who call it home, the Foundation hopes to help elevate the college and the city to a place in the global fashion industry. Continued educational travel opportunities, as well as the program’s impressive track record of preparing students to successfully apply to spend their senior year studying at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City, will go a long way toward realizing that goal.  

KCAD’s relationship with the Foundation will continue to support not just Fashion Studies students, but also the college’s key values of student centeredness, diversity and inclusion, academic excellence, and collaboration.

“KCAD is grateful to Daniel and Pamella DeVos for their generous gift, and for their continued support of our Fashion Studies program, our students, and their aspirations,” said KCAD President Tara McCrackin. “It’s humbling and inspiring to be part of a community that understands the transformative power of creative education and works to leverage that power for the good of all. We look forward to seeing how future Fashion Studies students will grow their skills and experiences into careers that make a difference in the world around them.”   

To learn more about KCAD’s Fashion Studies program, visit kcad.edu/fashion