Laurie B. Allen
Fashion Designer
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                                    fashion design & merchandising

Kent State University December 2007 Kent, Ohio
Shannon Rodgers and Jerry Silverman School of Fashion
Bachelor of Science Degree in Fashion Merchandising
Graduated Magna Cum Laude with 3.656 GPA

Software: •Adobe Photoshop •Adobe Illustrator •U4ia •SmartDraw •Microsoft Office Suite
Design Skills: •Concept boards •Fashion figure, technical flat and fabric rendering
•Knowledge of fabrications and trims •Visual Merchandising displays •Graphic design •Textile design (repeats, colorways, knits, wovens) •Fashion forecasting •Garment construction and fit •Jewelry Making •Pattern Making •Web design
Merchandising skills: •Visual Merchandising •Planogram •Six month merchandising plan •Assortment Plan •Buying process  •Fashion marketing •Product development •Ability to research and forecast trends •Strong sense of direction in color and style •Knowledge of consumer behavior and international markets
Qualifications: •Ability to communicate and work well with others •Experienced with creating professional presentations and illustration boards •Eye for details and quality •Excellent organizational and time management skills •Capable of multitasking and working under pressure to meet strict deadlines •Motivated self-starter •Punctual •Dedicated •Hard working •Enthusiastic •Creative thinker

Studied abroad in Florence, Italy and traveled the world to understand fashion markets worldwide. Designed prototype for 959, an Italian based company. Previously awarded with the Chester R. Edwards Endowed Scholarship as well as the Mary Elizabeth Elgin Anderson Endowed Scholarship. Rewarded with membership in Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society, National Society of Collegiate Scholars and The National Dean’s List. Language background in French and Italian. Served as the captain of the Kent State Ski and Snowboard Team for three years.  Member of the Fashion Student Organization for two years. Awarded certificate in Fashion Visuals, best in class. Participated in several fashion shows and awarded prizes.  Showcased a collection in the third biggest fashion week. Awarded Fashion Week Cleveland's Designer of the Year 2010 and Little Rock Fashion Week Designer of the Year 2011.  Honored at Little Rock Fashion Week 2010 and Baltimore Fashion Week 2011. Chosen as a designer in Fashion Week Columbus(2010), Pittsburgh Fashion Week (2010) and Little Rock Fashion Week (2011).   
References available upon request
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