Fashion Students Take Titles at Design Competition


Three Harper College fashion students scored first-place titles at the annual Fashion Group International Design Competition in Chicago this month, beating out competitors from four-year colleges and universities in three categories.

Marlene Witt of Hanover Park took the top prize for Evening Wear with a pink knee-length strapless gown; Amela Bego of Schaumburg earned a win in Wearable Art for a gown made from a hand-crocheted skirt and a repurposed long-sleeved knit dress; and Genevieve Jauquet of Lake Barrington received a first-place title for her navy blue lace-lined trench coat.

The three, who earned scholarship cash, were among nine Harper students who advanced to the contest's finals.

"We are very proud of all of our students and so very pleased for these winners," says Cheryl Turnauer, who heads up the College's fashion department. "They put their hearts into these garments, they represented Harper spectacularly on the runway, and they have certainly earned their victories."

Harper's fashion students historically have done well at competitions, racking up wins at various contests across the nation.

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