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Fashion Design Students Partner With Texas Visual Arts Association

This article appeared in a 2015 issue of the student newsletter.

Six El Centro College sophomore students completed a design challenge presented to them by the Texas Visual Arts Association (TVAA) this past November. The students had four different art pieces to use as inspiration. In keeping with the art, the students worked to create their own fabric, special treatments or shapes. This was a big learning opportunity for several students as they learned how to paint on fabric using aerosol spray paint, normally used for toning silk flowers. The garments are on display the entire month of December at the TVAA gallery in the Plaza of the Americas in downtown Dallas. 

Sue Dhaliwal, Vice President of Membership for TVAA, gave a presentation to the students about art and design and how art can enrich the design process. She covered design elements/principles such as color/form/lines/textures and more. 

The students that participated represent the diverse culture at El Centro; one student is from Brazil, one is from Israel, and the rest are from Dallas. 

Many students come into the fashion design program at El Centro not having ever sewn a stitch. The Associate of Applied Science in Fashion Design program teaches them everything they need to know, from sewing, tailoring, sketching, draping, pattern drafting, color theory, fashion history, to collection planning and production. The program is approximately two years long.  

For more information, please contact Brenda Carlson, El Centro College Fashion Design faculty, at 214-860-2344 or