Fashion as the Contemporary Response
New for 2013, MECA is now offering a major in Textile and Fashion Design. The program is focused on imparting a deep understanding of the designing and making of textiles, extensive study of the field of apparel, and, ultimately, an exploration of fashion as the contemporary response.
Textile and Fashion Design students at MECA are engaged in the process of designing collections, building portfolios, and preparing for the future through internships, sponsored studios, and guided entrepreneurship. Students receive specialized instruction from top industry professionals while developing a robust studio and design practice supported by historical and cultural references as well as thorough research and experimentation.
This new major is made possible thanks to the generous support of Maine-based philanthropist, Roxanne Quimby.
Anne Emlein is an artist, designer, and educator with a passion for creative expression via textiles, apparel, and fashion. She earned her MFA in Textiles from RISD and her BFA in Textiles from California College of Arts and Crafts. Anne's core professional expertise includes teaching knitting, textiles for apparel, and fine arts textile courses. She has exhibited her knitwear, apparel, and fine arts work throughout the country and maintains an in-home studio practice. Her personal aesthetic is adheres to traditional hand processes and employing timeless design along with sustainable, local materials. Her knitwear enterprise is an extension of her fine arts work. Anne's personal and professional experience demonstrates a strong commitment to pursuing collaborative opportunities for the sake of lifelong learning and inspiration. In addition to chairing the Textile and Fashion Design program at MECA, she also currently teaches in the Textiles Department at the Rhode Island School of Design.
Like all other Bachelor of Fine Arts majors at MECA, this program is built upon a two-year foundation program that includes FY-In, SYL, Drawing, Digital Imaging, 2D and 3D Design, Art History, English Composition and Literature, Western Philosophy, World History, and at least six studio electives. This robust foundation is designed to better understand ourselves as artists and designers, while becoming familiar with common vocabulary of technique, material, color, pattern, texture, line, form, and space.