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Gunnery Art Student Receives National Design Award

The Cornell University Department of Fiber Science and Apparel Design has awarded Yea Weon Kim ’12 second place in its annual High School Student Fashion Design Competition. Yea Weon and her teacher Brian Lillie traveled to Ithaca to receive the award on the weekend of March 13th and 14th at the 26th Annual Fashion Show organized by the Cornell Design League. Yea Weon said of the experience, “At Cornell, I had a great time! I met so many people, and it encouraged me to go further. … I was pretty nervous but also excited. It was my first time to go to a reception and have conversations with professionals.  Their conversations were pretty profound.”

The contest is organized by the fashion design program in the FSAD at Cornell University. The competition, judged by a panel of department faculty and alumnae, attracted entries from more than 300 high school designers nationwide.

Yea Won described her beginnings in fashion design, “When I first sketched, I finished it in less than five minutes. Something just inspired me and my brain started to work. … This is my first time being awarded for my artwork. I was shocked when I heard the news.”

The winners attended a reception in their honor, a fashion show featuring the work of the Cornell design students and including the dress designed by the first place winner and fabricated by the students of the Design Department, and a backstage tour of both the show and the workrooms of the students. “It was a fascinating tour,” commented Mr. Lillie. “The creativity and technology they are applying to modern fabric with interwoven electric heat, for example, is amazing.”

The group also toured the historic collection which included Chanel and Balenciaga as well as Dior and Pucci.

Brian Lillie and Yea Weon Kim (photo credit Robert Barker, Cornell University Photography)

The top six winners of Cornell's High School Fashion Design Award competition appear backstage with Susan Ashdown, the Helen G. Canoyer Professor of Apparel Design (far right), at the Cornell Design League's 26th annual fashion show on March 13, 2010. Students (L-R): Yea Won Kim; Tiffany Dang; Jing Yang; Madeline Jones; Yael Wiesenfeld; and Sarah Song. (photo credit Mark Vorreuter, College of Human Ecology)

Yea Weon's award-winning design