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With technology buzzing around the industry, Gerber announces the finalists of the technology focused student competition for ideation 2017. "The 5 finalists, out of more than 50 entries, were chosen after careful consideration by a global panel of industry professionals," said Elizabeth King, VP, digital solutions community and ecosystem at Gerber Technology.

Submitted applications came from 8 schools across the nation. In no particular order, the 5 finalists selected are:

  • Alea Khan from the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) who submitted an athletic jacket featuring a light up navigation system.
  • Kara Rainey from Oklahoma State University (OSU) who submitted a coat blending traditional felting techniques with modern laser cutting.
  • Hojun Lee from the FIT who submitted a men’s jacket utilizing digital printing and unconventional materials.
  • Kira Brown from Fanshawe College who submitted a dress with a laser cut leather bodice.
  • Linda Jean Baptiste from the FIT who submitted a motorcycle jacket combining waterproofing, wind repelling, abrasion resistance, and moisture control for the plus size woman.

"Through the incorporation of technology that has shaped their generation, we are encouraging our future leaders to push the limits of design. The designers and their creations will debut at ideation 2017 during a fashion show on November 3rd. Conference attendees will vote for the best overall garment to win the grand prize," continued King. "Gerber is passionate about providing the technology to make it easy for anyone in the world to design, produce and sell great products."

Kara Rainey
2017 Jessica Hoover, Natalie Berg, Lauren Walker Fashion Scholarship Fund $5000 scholarship winners for their Etsy in partnership with Macy’s Department Stores Merchandising Shop C2017  
Chance Payne, Fashion Group International Design Competition. Digital Fashion Portfolio category. First Place. $2500oncept Business Plans.
Chance Payne
2017 Jessica Knapp, Fashion Group International Design Competition. Digital Fashion Portfolio category. Second Place. $1000
Jessica Knapp
2017 Rachel Baker, Fashion Group International Design Competition. Digital Fashion Portfolio category. Third Place. $500
Rachel Baker
2017 OSU Humphreys Long-Term Study Abroad DHM Grant Recipient: Audrey Bilyeau (Japan)  
2017 Chitra Singh. Consumer-clothing brand relationship: A catalyst for product longevity and sustainable consumption. First place, Social Science category, OSU Research Symposium  


DHM Students have achieved a lot in the last two years. Take a look at the awards that have been won!