News Bites: Safety, Style Collide in Reflective Running Wear Designed by Fashion Studies Students
Fashion Studies students in Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University’s Pamella Roland DeVos School of Fashion united fashion and function for a recent class project in which they created garments designed to help outdoor athletes remain safe at night.
Students in adjunct instructor Liz Hilton’s Garments for Action and Function class designed a series of special reflective garments for a variety of outdoor activities such as running or cycling wherein visibility is paramount. The students were encouraged to get creative in terms of how they incorporated reflective elements into the clothes.
(above and below): A model showcases reflective running wear designed by KCAD Fashion Studies students
“One of the pieces is a wool kimono for walking with reflective trim, and another is a seemingly black outfit that then lights up when light hits it directly,” explains Hilton. “Another student spent her weekend mixing a variety of paints – glitter, acrylic and reflective – to create a combination that could be used effectively in her design.”
The students recently had the opportunity to showcase their work at Grand Rapids Downtown Market during LUNAFEST, a traveling film festival that showcases films by, for, and about women. The festival came to town in conjunction with the Gazelle Girl Half Marathon, a 5k race held in Grand Rapids.
For more information on KCAD’s Pamella Roland DeVos School of Fashion, visit kcad.edu/fashion.