With only 26 days until The Fashion Show 2023, our Alumni Directors (Bethany Schleisman, Kalista Lamm, and Lindsey Skaaland) are getting ready to welcome a panel of industry professionals who will serve as our Guest Judges. Next weekend, these four Guest Judges will evaluate all student entries for The Fashion Show 2023 and award over $10,000 in scholarships!
2023 Guest Judges
Cassandra Dittmer accomplished her Bachelor of Science in Apparel, Merchandising, and Design from Iowa State University in 2013. During her time at Iowa State, she obtained two different internships and was a part of TREND Magazine and The Fashion Show. In January 2022, Cassandra founded her very own sustainable clothing brand, CD Studio – which encourages a capsule wardrobe and ethical consumption. On top of owning her own clothing brand, Cassandra is also a personal stylist.
Charity Armstead earned her Ph.D. from Iowa State in December of 2018, with her dissertation on retro home sewers. While working on her Ph.D., she held a position as an instructor and fashion archive manager at Lipscomb University before accepting a job as a Fashion Merchandising Program Director at Brenau University. Today, she is an Associate Professor and the Director of Fashion Programs at Brenau University, where she oversees both Fashion Merchandising and Fashion Design programs.
Chelsey Twedt received her Bachelor of Science in Apparel, Merchandising, and Design with an emphasis in Design in 2012 from Iowa State University. Chelsey was drawn to technical design as they are essential in 3D development, works very closely with vendors and factories, and helps bring every style to life. Post-grad, she worked at Abercrombie and Fitch, Hollister, and Gilly Hicks. Now Chelsey is the Senior Manager of Technical Design for Old Navy.
Katrina Pedrick received her Bachelor of Science in Apparel, Merchandising, and Design with an emphasis on Design and an Entrepreneurship minor in the spring of 2018 from Iowa State University. Upon graduation, she went on to work for Macy’s, until coming to her current occupation now as an Associate Designer at Aerie. Katrina leads the sleepwear category at Aerie through each step of the design process: trend research, sketching, creating tech packs, selecting color runs and line assortments with merchants, fitting the styles, and finally, approving them for production.