When writing an article about the evolution of outdoor markets, Columbus Dispatch reporter Kevin Joy looked to CCAD Fashion Design Chair Suzanne Cotton for some insight on its impact on the world of fashion.
In “No Fleas, Please: Evolving breed of outdoor markets finding success with eclectic items,” Cotton discussed how the lines between brand giants and one-of-a-kind vintage wear are often blurred. Here’s an excerpt from the article:
“After all, ‘It’s a lot easier to find a used garment and knock it off,’ said Suzanne Cotton, department chair for the fashion design program at Columbus College of Art & Design, who cited Abercrombie & Fitch and Anthropologie as well-known flea-market scouts (the latter, in fact, in 2009 became the subject of a Sundance Channel series, Man Shops Globe).
‘All of a sudden, the stores started to realize there were so many good ideas in vintage things.'”
In addition to serving as the Fashion Design chair, Cotton teaches fashion illustration, construction, and senior collection. She has extensive experience in the garment industry, including design director at Bellepointe Inc.; knitwear designer at Marisa Christina; knitwear designer at Design Options; and an assistant position at Tandler Textiles. She earned her BFA from Parsons School of Design and studied fashion design at American University of Paris and marketing and communications at Franklin University.
Read the article in its entirety here.
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