The Salt Lake Community College Fashion Club provides a grasp of the fashion industry itself and accommodates students in many areas, including real world experience.
“The [fashion] club is a creative outlet for our club members because they get to design what normally they would not get to do in class,” says Cherylene Rosenvall, president of the club.
In a standard fashion course, there are specifications and guidelines that must be applied.
“Actual practice in the field, in different aspects, is as valuable as the education,” says Rosenvall.
Students pursuing a career in the fashion industry require a portfolio and employers in the fashion business want applicants to have a robust resume. According to Rosenvall, the club helps club members gain these valuable tools.
“Participating in fashion shows, even volunteering with the production is helpful,” says Rachel Hayes, vice president for SLCC Fashion Club.
It is important to know what a company needs for each position, so demonstrating the skills, the education and the experience desired, are critical.
“Personally, I think it’s a networking tool,” says Maria Skelton, advisor for SLCC Fashion Club. “We have a lot of contacts through the club, especially within the downtown area and the city.”
SLCC Fashion Club has partnered with Art Meets Fashion doing events with local artists. The Fashion Place Mall is one business with whom SLCC Fashion Club collaborates.
The club meets at Library Square Campus at noon on Thursdays.
“We are a very diverse club; we are always looking for people to join,” says Rosenvall.