Student designers swap the runway for the web

Friday, May 22, 2020
masks designed by Apparel Design & Merchandising students

Students from SF State’s Apparel Design and Merchandising program sewed cloth masks as part of a semester-long project and to help the community in the wake of Covid-19. (Photo by Maitreyee Dhodapkar)

By Kent Bravo

Every spring semester, students from San Francisco State University’s Apparel Design & Merchandising program put on a show called Runway that celebrates inclusivity and diversity in fashion. Although student designers won’t see their clothes modeled on the catwalk this year, they created their own magazine featuring their collections. The students are also celebrating their work by showcasing it on the event website.

One collection features items that may be hard to find but are much needed: cloth masks. Although the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that people wear cloth masks in public, some may have trouble getting their hands on them. The student designers saw this as an opportunity to use their skills to help the community by sewing cloth masks for organizations that need them.

“It is our social responsibility to produce quality masks and educate others on how they can create protective gear with accessible resources,” said SF State senior Emilio Perez.

Other collections focus on clothes for people with disabilities and apparel made out of fabric scraps donated by Hill City, a subsidiary of Gap Inc., as a way to illustrate the need for sustainable fashion.

Read more about how SF State students are adapting their semester-end projects to the COVID-19 reality in SF State News.