Gordon Stumpo works on a mannequin at WSU. (Photo by Nella Letizia, WSU CAHNRS)
PULLMAN, Wash. - A Washington State University
student was one of the featured designers at the Feb. 2 Royal Fashion Show benefit for two charities of England's Prince Harry of Wales.
of Denver joined nearly 40 fashion students from around the world who had submitted entries for a design competition preceding the show, which was hosted by charities Pink Ribbons Crusade and Sentebale.
The competition was judged by all-star designers and popular contestants from the TV series "Project Runway.
Two dresses designed by Stumpo
modeled at the fashion show.
(Photos courtesy of Gordon Stumpo)
Pink Ribbons Crusade raises funds to fight breast cancer through a traveling exhibit of a multimillion-dollar collection of British royal historical memorabilia, including eight dresses owned and worn by the late Princess Diana, Harry's mother.
Sentebale is a charity for at-risk African children founded by Prince Harry and Prince Seeiso of the Lesotho royal family to honor their mothers.
, a junior, submitted two dress designs for the competition, both of which were accepted.
A major reward during the project was "taking something that was in my mind, using the tools we learned in the classroom and making it physical, tangible," he
The competition also motivated Stumpo's honors thesis, due this spring, on the evolution of Princess Diana's clothing styles over time.
Part of the thesis will involve creating three to five half-scale garments that interpret Diana's garment tradition.
Gordon Stumpo, WSU Apparel, Merchandising, Design and Textiles student, 303-913-9577, email@example.com