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Wayne State University Hosts Fashion Event
To Celebrate Their Sesquicentennial

By on March 28, 2018

By Jacek Adamski

DETROIT–  On Wednesday, March 28th , Wayne State University hosted a special fashion event to help celebrate their 150 anniversary.  Part of the official WSU Sesquicentennial series of events scheduled to highlight the occasion was a special showcase that featured fashions through the past 150 years.  Included were significant costumes and rare artifacts that glimpse and explore a timeline throughout Detroit’s rich fashion history.  Form and functionality were highlighted and some interesting firsts were stressed.

Photo: Members of the 1961 Wayne State Baseball team in their classic flannels. 

The multi-media presentation was moderated by Rayneld Johnson, PhD.  Johnson is a senior WSU faculty member in Fashion Design and Merchandising of the James Pearson Duffy Department of Art and Art History in the College of Fine Performing and Communication Arts.  Johnson has been on the forefront of how pop-culture inspires automotive design and how lasers and computers will influence future custom fashions.  Dr. Johnson has exhibited and lectured nationally and internationally served as a Regional Director of the Fashion Group International, a professional trade association.    

The event also featured historic costumes and innovative designs by faculty and students, and mentioned was how the branding of the men’s and women’s athletic teams helped merchandise Wayne State University over the years.  This was a chance to look ahead to what WSU will be achieving in the next 150 years, and beyond.

The event was held at  the center of WSU campus.  Co-sponsored by the WSU Office of Marketing and Communications.

Photo courtesy of Wayne State University Athletics