Students Win Regional Competition for Second Consecutive Year

July 16, 2014

Fashion on the Shore contestantsTextile and Apparel Studies majors Sarah Lyons and Erin Johnson have won first place in two recent Fashion on the Shore student design competitions. Shore Magazine, the Southwestern Michigan Tourist Council and the Times Media Company sponsor the annual runway event. Students from fashion programs at universities in the Lake Michigan region enter their original fashion designs in the competition for cash prizes and the opportunity to be featured in Shore Magazine.

Sarah Lyons, a senior from Wyoming, Michigan, received first place and a $1500 prize in the 2013 competition with her beautifully embellished gowns inspired by the sea. Erin Johnson, a senior from Dexter, Michigan, continued WMU’s winning tradition in 2014 by taking first place and $1500 for her Charles Worth-inspired line consisting of unique designs and beautiful craftsmanship.

After completing courses at WMU, Erin and Sarah will be continuing their studies at WMU partner institutions Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City, and Regents University, London. Laura Korolowicz, a recent WMU fashion design graduate who is working in the fashion industry in New York City, received the 2013 third place award.