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DHM graduate student honored at ITAA Conference

Design, Housing and Merchandising Ph.D. student Mushfika Tasnim Mica

Design, Housing and Merchandising Ph.D. student Mushfika Tasnim Mica was recognized for winning a sustainable design contest at the recent International Textile and Apparel Association’s (ITAA) Annual Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada.  

Mica placed first in the Educators for Socially Responsible Apparel Practices (ESRAP) Graduate Student Merchandising Poster Competition. Open to more than 200 institutions with an ITAA faculty member, contest entries were evaluated with finalists invited to attend the ITAA conference. Mica’s faculty advisor is Dr. Hyejune Park.

Mica’s project, entitled “Pioneer”, is a mythical start-up company that sources basic footwear from ethical manufacturers in China. The shoes are embellished with upcycled items which were thrown away or donated, all non-biodegradable to provide a healthy work environment. The company’s mission is to dress residents and visitors to the Mission District in San Francisco, and at least half of the company’s employees would be individuals who have a disability or special needs. 

Mica also won the University of Fashion/Laurence King Publishing Student contest and was awarded a year’s subscription to the University of Fashion’s website as well as three companion books published by King. The honor was based on Mica’s short essay describing how the prize would advance her studies.