Industry expert speaks with TCD majors

Industry expert speaks with TCD majors

10 Nov 2008    

Teresa Barkley McLaughlin of Shoshanna speaks with TXCD 212 students on October 13, 2008.

TCD Journalism major Holly Jones reports that visiting industry expert Teresa Barkley McLaughlin's October 13 visit to TXCD 212 Product Development I offered the students a unique opportunity to learn about a side of the industry that may be less glamorous and recognized, but no less important than the flashier runway dimension. Barkley McLaughlin is an accomplished pattern maker who currently lives in New York City where she is the head pattern maker for Shoshanna, a successful high-end fashion line. According to Barkley McLaughlin, Shoshanna's employees pride themselves on the fact that they make beautiful, detail-oriented garments for women of all ages and, perhaps most importantly, they are passionate about what they do.

Teresa Barkley McLaughlin's long list of successes is very impressive. She has worked for many notable figures in the fashion world, including Bari Jay, Marc Jacobs and Perry Ellis. Her profound love of pattern making has made her career not as much a 9-to-5 job as a dream that she's made real through trial and error, slowly working her way to the top of her field.

Barkley McLaughlin's other love is quilts and quiltmaking, and she holds the rare distinction of having one of her quilts included among studio quilts in the collection of the International Quilt Study Center & Museum. Her visit to the department came as part of a sort of pilgrimage to Lincoln and the IQSC, which opened in April of this year. (Report by Holly Jones.)

Textiles, Merchandising & Fashion Design