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Rock the Runway Winner Completes Mentorship in New York City

Posted Jun. 17, 2014
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 Phantashia Hall was the Judges’ Choice winner of the 10th annual Rock the Runway fashion show held March 8, in the Kent Student Center ballroom. As the show winner, Hall received an all-expense paid trip to New York City to tour the fashion scene with one of this year’s judges, Kent State alumnus and Project Runway contestant, Suede. 

Following her recent graduation from Kent State University, Phantashia made the trip to NYC for her mentorship experience which included stops at VF Corp, Simplicity Creative Group and a lot of one-on-one time to talk with Suede about her goals, potential career path and the overall state of the design industry. 

“This experience opened my eyes to a lot of new things about the industry,” says Hall, a native of Columbus, OH. “I learned about new jobs within the industry and discovered that fabrics I thought were created by a computer were actually pulled together by a team of designers.” 

Day one was spent at VF Corporation which is a leader in branded lifestyle apparel including jeanswear, outdoor products, image apparel, sportswear and contemporary apparel brands. The team at VF reviewed their various lines with Phantashia and gave her some perspective on the sales and buyer side of the industry. 

“I was able to tour all the product rooms and see first-hand what a buyer will experience,” said Hall, who was able to see an actual buyer review a product line while on her visit. 

Day two included a visit to Simplicity Creative Group where the heads of Creative and Patternmaking both informally interviewed Phantashia. Simplicity is one of the leading suppliers in craft, sewing, knitting, hobby and décor categories. 

“The team at Simplicity was very impressed in Phantashia,” says Suede. “I could see her fitting in very well there.” 

Phantashia is currently home in Columbus working at a national retail store. She plans to return to NYC to pursue a career in tech design with a special interest in plus sizes. 

Rock the Runway is an annual student fashion competition hosted by Kent Student Center Programming. The design theme this year was The Second British Invasion featuring music by British artists. Student designers created three pieces inspired by New Wave music that include at least one representation of the British flag. Judging was based on line cohesiveness, craftsmanship, interpretation of the theme and general design. For more information about Kent Student Center Programming, visit our website.

Suede is a New York-based fashion designer, crafter and personality. Since Project Runway, Suede has launched SUEDEsays brand™, targeting the young adult and youth consumer, under which he has launched a number of products in the fashion and crafting markets. For more information, visit the SUEDEsays website.