2022 Apparel Design Senior Showcase Finale
MOSCOW – Rachel Houle’s senior apparel line aims to accommodate a group of consumers who have a tough time finding options on most clothing racks, though they represent a rapidly growing market segment.
Houle, who is graduating with a bachelor’s degree in apparel, textiles and design through University of Idaho’s Margaret Ritchie School of Family and Consumer Sciences, created activewear garments for plus-sized women for her final project of the senior design capstone course.
She and three other student designers – Adrianna Kauffman, Madison Machen and Daisy Blowers – now have their creative apparel collections on display at the Moscow Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center, 411 S. Main St. Their senior showcase display opened on May 3 and will be available for public viewing on weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. through May 13. A finale with special hours from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. is scheduled on the final day.
“With this group I am very pleased with the quality of the work, the conceptual level and the overall execution of the final products,”
said Lori Wahl, senior instructor for the School of Family and Consumer Sciences. “These four really challenged one another to do more.”
The designs are made with functionality in mind. One designer made clothing for the female skateboarder.
The display, hosted on campus for the past two years, was showcased at the Chamber of Commerce office for the first time. It’s been popular among community members, and some underclassmen in the apparel, textiles and design program have taken their parents to see the work of students poised to enter the workforce.
“As Chamber members, we do partner with the University of Idaho on events, so if there’s a way we can support the work the students are doing and exciting things that are happening on campus we love to foster those connections,” said Eija Sumner, the Chamber’s program manager. “I think the work is really impressive. There are so many things happening as far as textile designs and clothing techniques.”
Students in the school’s apparel promotion and merchandising course, taught by Patrick Brown-Hayes, displayed the garments on mannequins along with photographs they took of the apparel on live models.
Brown-Hayes and his students built a wooden display, situated at the center of the Chamber of Commerce office, to offer a 360-degree view of certain pieces.