Showcase Success! The Fashion Design Certificate Program Celebrates its First Recipients

Memphis College of Art (MCA) stepped into spring last night to celebrate the Spring 2018 recipients of the Fashion Design Certificate. The ten designers are the first to complete the Fashion Design Certificate Program launched last year in partnership with Memphis Fashion Design Network (MFDN). In the nine-month intensive program, participants learn the concepts and skills needed to make their designs runway ready, and obtain valuable sewing and tailoring skills that can help pave the way for a new career path.

The recipients included four American Association of University Women (AAUW) grant awardees, along with six other candidates: Morgan Burns (AAUW), LaShunda Coleman, Andrea Everett (AAUW), Vivianna Haney (AAUW), Jo Carol Harris, Jeanyne R Lewis, Antzee Magruder, Rachel McCasky, E’riel Sade Seaberry (AAUW), and Jessie L Woodson.

Each designer showcased their work, including fashion sketches, garments, sketchbooks, and more. Abby Phillips, founder and director of MFDN, spoke at the event to encourage all the designers to keep working hard, stay connected with MCA and MFDN, and network with the creative community in Memphis.

MCA Director of Community Education Cece Palazola was thrilled for the recipients: “We are so very proud of our designers. They have all made amazing progress in just nine months since beginning this journey with us.”

For more information on the Fashion Design Certificate Program, click here.

Jessie L. Woodson, Certificate recipient and owner of boutique Arlean Elizabeth Couture on Bookhaven Circle

Fashion Design Instructors from left to right: ShA Locke, Meredith Olinger, Haley Warner, and Samilia Colar with MFDN Director Abby Phillips


Antzee Magruder, Certificate recipient and owner of Antzee Art

E’riel Sade Seaberry, Certificate recipient and current MCA student

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