COD Student Heads to Paris for Fashion Workshop

By Mike McKissack

College of DuPage student Anna Loosli (left) will spend the month of July in Paris, France, participating in a fashion workshop at the prestigious Paris American Academy.

Founded in 1965 by Richard Roy, the Paris American Academy features a vocational approach that prepares students for careers in fashion, fine arts and interior design. The fashion workshop includes a core component of learning activities that provide an overview of the French fashion industry, including collection development, haute couture draping and sewing techniques, historical presentations, and textile design. In addition, workshop participants visit historical attractions in the area such as the Louvre, the Musée d'Orsay, the exhibition at the Musée du Textile and the Yves St. Laurent exhibit at the Foundation YSL.

"This workshop is a great opportunity to learn and experience new and different couture techniques of creating designs that I can then apply to my own collections," said Loosli, who added that she looks forward to applying what she has learned on a project inspired by one of her biggest influencers in the industry.

"The French fashion designers Coco Chanel and Madame Grés have been my inspiration since I started in fashion," Loosli said. "One of the final projects will require me to create a draped bustier inspired by Mme. Grés' haute couture method."

Born and raised in Poland, Loosli studied fashion in high school and subsequently served as an intern with several fashion designers. After arriving in the U.S., she continued to pursue her goal of becoming a professional fashion designer and enrolled in the Fashion Studies program at College of DuPage where she has earned certificates in Fashion Design and Fashion Entrepreneurship and plans to complete her Associate in Fashion Design degree.

In 2013, she was named Second-Year Designer of the Year and was the grand prize winner of the "uROCKit" competition sponsored by Simplicity, SUEDEsays and Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores. Loosli was also selected as a semi-finalist in the Chicago next Generation Fashion Design Challenge and her design, Hooped Serenity, was selected to be shown at the Red Carpet Concierge of the Chicago Meets Hollywood fashion show, held at Red Kiva in Chicago for the Oscar's night celebration. Most recently, Chicago Expression Magazine, along with CAN-TV also featured Loosli's designs, giving her the opportunity to present and talk about her collection on Chicago public television.

Since enrolling at College of DuPage in 2011, Loosli said she has been very pleased with her experience, in large part due to the instructors and the hands-on experiences provided by the Fashion Design program.

"I've really enjoyed participating in the annual fashion show," Loosli said. "It's an excellent opportunity to show your creativity and designs on runway models. This, along with the teachers who have a strong knowledge and expertise in their field, definitely prepares you for entry into the fashion world."

The Fashion Studies program at College of DuPage provides fundamental and advanced education and practice in the many facets of the fashion industry. Students focus on the creative side of fashion merchandising, production and entrepreneurship. The program offers Associate degrees and certificates in Fashion Apparel Production, Fashion Design, and Fashion Merchandising, as well as a certificate in Fashion Entrepreneurship.

For more information on the Fashion Design program at College of DuPage, visit www.cod.edu/programs/fashion/index.aspx.