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Apparel students take third place in functional clothing design contest

November 25, 2013

Two teams from the Functional Clothing Design class in UW-Stout’s apparel design and development program have tied for third place in an international contest.

The award-winners in the 10th annual Safety Products Student Design Challenge were announced recently at the Industrial Fabrics Association International Conference in Orlando.

A student wears the high-visibility jacket for wastewater treatment plant workers. The contest drew 15 entries from around the world. Students were asked to design original products that protect people or property from hazards such as extreme temperatures, chemical or biological exposure and falling.

First place went to a student from Aalto University in Helsinki, Finland, who designed motorcycle riding overalls with torso protectors.

One UW-Stout team designed a high visibility jacket for firefighters. Team members are Alysia Fehrman, of Woodville; Jennifer Huynh, of Eden Prairie, Minn.; Zoe Long, of Osseo, Minn.; Paige Murray, of Platteville; and Phoua Vang, of La Crosse.

The other team designed a high visibility garment for wastewater plant workers. Team members are Cassandra Berg, of Prior Lake, Minn.; Madalyn Gibson, of Hudson; Lindsay Ley, of Dodgeville; Brooke Moylan, of Belle Plaine, Minn.; and Helen Stieve, of Baraboo.

Each team won $300 and a crystal trophy.

The Functional Clothing Design class, in which students learn about technical aspects of clothing, is taught by Associate Professor Gindy Neidermyer. In 2011, a UW-Stout team won the international contest.

For more information about UW-Stout's apparel, design and development program, go to the website.

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