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Apparel and textile students win national design awards

Tuesday, January 25, 2005

MANHATTAN -- Two Kansas State University undergraduate students won design awards in the 2005 Fiber to Fashion Student Design Competition, sponsored by the Alpaca Owners and Breeders Association.

Kristin Brungardt, Sublette, won first place and Morgan Gilliland, Houston, Texas, received second place for designs that incorporated alpaca fiber into fashions that were both marketable and fashionable.

"The students created presentation boards to reflect the competition theme 'Alpaca - Transforming our lives,' and the design trend of taking something basic and changing it into something new and complex," said Sherry Haar, associate professor of apparel, textiles and interior design.

The students, both seniors in apparel and textiles, were chosen to submit their presentation boards by an internal review of both students and faculty members. Nine entries from K-State were chosen for the competition. There were a total of 38 entries from across the nation.

Robin Alpert of Alpacas 'R Diamonds, Paola, and Gwen Wolff of Alpaca Kingdom, Inc., Spring Hill, served as "Alpaca Mentors" to K-State's apparel and textile students. Alpert and Wolff visited the advanced design classes to educate students about alpaca. Alpert then recruited nine Kansas alpaca breeders to sponsor the students for the competition.

Brungardt and Gilliland will receive their awards at the 2005 AOBA/ARI Fiber to Fashion Conference, Feb. 22-27, in Atlanta, Ga.

This article was posted on Tuesday, January 25, 2005, and is filed under Apparel, Textiles, & Interior Design.