Wayne State University

Fashion design major goes 'Beyond the Armor' w/DIA...

“I went into college for fashion merchandising. I wasn’t really interested in the sewing. But it was when I took the flat pattern class that I was interested in the making of patterns and I thought I could make a career out of this. I loved making the patterns so I decided to go into design just for that.” - Narjes Almajidi, Wayne State fashion design major

Ten local fashion designers were inspired by the Detroit Institute of Arts' exhibition Samurai: Beyond the Sword and put their talents to the test in Beyond the Armor, a competition to create an outfit based on artworks and objects in the DIA's show. Completed ensembles were on display at Henry Ford West Bloomfield Hospital, Warren Community Center and IKEA Canton during April and early May. The public voted for their favorite outfit at any of the three venues and online at http://www.detroitgarmentgroup.org. The winning design was announced at a fashion show at the DIA on Saturday, May 17. The Beyond the Armor competition was a collaborated effort by the DIA and the Detroit Garment Group Guild.