Student Spotlight: Jacqueline Nadolski

Jacqueline Nadolski

Jacqueline Nadolski
Major: Fashion Studies

Jacqueline Nadolski knew she wanted to study fashion at an early age.

"I started sewing was I was 6 years old and have loved creating garments ever since," she said.

Nadolski began attending classes at College of DuPage after hearing that COD had a great Fashion Studies program with talented instructors.

"The instructors I had were very knowledgeable concerning fabrics, clothing construction and design," she said. "During the course of my studies, they were very accessible, allowing me to reach out to them at any time."

In fall 2009, Nadolski was one of several students from the Fashion Studies program who displayed their creations as finalists at the annual Chicago Fashion Group International Career Day. She received a $2,500 scholarship as the winner of the Evening Wear category. She was also a finalist in the Tailoring and Dress category.

“The FGI competition was a wonderful opportunity for all fashion students to showcase their talents,” Nadolski said. “Being chosen as a finalist is a great accomplishment in itself. Winning the Evening Wear challenge was something that I never thought would happen to me.”

After finishing her studies at COD, Nadolski transferred to the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where she earned her BFA. While there, she won the Nick Cave Scholarship and the Albert Pick Jr Scholarship. In 2013, her senior class was invited to participate in the Elle Fashion Show in New York. 

"I was featured in the Chicagoist, Ebony Magazine, Fox News, and ABC News!" she said. Click here to view her work on the runway.

Nadolski is currently working on her portfolio. Ultimately, she would like to work for a major designer and teach.

"I have used and continue to use many of the things I learned from the classes I took at COD," she said.

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